Toto Wolff confirms he receives WhatsApp messages every day after Hamilton's decision

“We have, as you can imagine, the first day yesterday had quite a lot of phone calls and WhatsApps."

by Sead Dedovic
Toto Wolff confirms he receives WhatsApp messages every day after Hamilton's decision
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F1 will bring a lot in 2024. Given Red Bull's dominance, many teams are motivated to end their reign and establish dominance. One of those teams will be Mercedes. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton think it's time for Mercedes to spoil Red Bull's plans.

The question is already being raised, who will succeed Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes team?! There are many names in circulation, but in the end, only one can get a place in the German team. 

Hamilton shocked everyone with his decision to leave Mercedes. However, this will be a great opportunity for individuals to take on Hamilton's role and make it a big success. 

In an interview with CNBC, Toto Wolff confirmed that they are already considering what options they have. Such a decision is not easy to make. Mercedes management is known for choosing their drivers carefully, taking into account various factors.

“Yeah, as you can imagine, we've been looking already about the option there is,” -he told CNBC.

“We like the opportunities and maybe we are going to be bold as well.”

Wolff confirmed that he has received many WhatsApp calls recently. It seems that there are F1 drivers who are looking for their place on their own, but there are also managers who want to hire individuals. 

Wolff believes that it is too early to make such a decision. The Mercedes management still wants to wait for some time, determine its options, and only then make a decision. To be part of this team is the dream of many. Toto still doesn't know how this story will end.

“Yeah, I think it's the full spectrum,” Wolff said.

“We have, as you can imagine, the first day yesterday had quite a lot of phone calls and WhatsApps.

And we're going to take our time.

I think the spectrum is from the very young talent which could be the future for a long, long time to all the way to the other spectrum, lots of still performance and knowledge.

So I'm not sure where this is going to end. But the next few months are going to be interesting in evaluating all those options.”

Toto Wolff talks about Mercedes' future

Toto Wolff also spoke about the future of this team. Considering the slightly weaker performances in the last couple of years, especially last year, Wolff believes that his team must close the gap with other teams this year. Red Bull is a leading force on the F1 scene.  Max Verstappen's dominance in 2023 will be a topic for many years to come.

Although Red Bull seem unstoppable, F1 team leaders hope they can stop them. Wolff is also one of those who is optimistic that it is possible to stop any team, including Red Bull. Wolff hopes that Russell and Hamilton can help Mercedes make it a success this season.

Toto Wolff, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton
Toto Wolff, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton© Peter Fox / Getty Images Sport

Although it was expected that after the extension of the contract, the Briton would end his career at Mercedes, it will not come to that. Lewis has not confirmed so far, we're sure he will sometime in the future: The bad performances of Mercedes have certainly changed his opinion. 

Hamilton realized that he needed a change in his career. In addition, Ferrari is a team with a huge history and successes on the F1 scene. Although they were not particularly successful in previous seasons, being a part of that team is certainly what many dream about.

“So last year when we signed a new deal, we wanted to keep it short to see what the future will hold,” he said.

“And that was an agreement we had with Lewis.

We knew that this would eventually end maybe two years down the line, but we knew there was the option for a one year deal.

And insofar the timing was a bit of a surprise, but the decision in itself didn't come out of nowhere."

Toto Wolff emphasized that apparently Hamiton needed a change in his career. He has been a member of Mercedes since 2013. He achieved great success with them, won the championship, but every era must come to an end. Toto Wolff is not afraid of his departure though, given that you have to adapt to any changes. 

Mercedes is a team that has had similar situations before. Wolff hopes that Hamilton can give his best this season and help the team achieve its goals. 

Wolff is also looking at 2025 and 2026, aware that even that is not far away. These are the reasons why it will be important to find an adequate replacement. It will be interesting to see who Mercedes wants as Hamilton's successor.

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