News Ralf Schumacher: "I find the situation around Toto Wolff interesting"

19:50  03 may  2020
19:50  03 may  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The Daimler group around its CEO Ola Källenius has to deal with it in the corona virus pandemic decide whether a continuation of the Formula 1 commitment beyond the end of the 2020 season makes sense. And if Ralf Schumacher, former Grand Prix driver at Williams-BMW and now TV expert at Sky, goes, then an exit is at least not excluded.

"I think there is a possibility," he replies in an interview with the 'Bild' newspaper when asked whether a factory team like Mercedes could get out of Formula 1 due to the corona crisis at the end of the year. And he explains: "We already had this with BMW over ten years ago. The possibility is always there."

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In his opinion, the fact that Formula 1 will remain in Formula 1 is that "the new CEO Ola Källenius is fundamentally hired per motorsport. Thanks to the successes in recent years, Formula 1 can still be represented well by Mercedes. So it is not the case now first step is to get out. "

"Interesting" Schumacher finds "the situation around Toto Wolff". The contract of the Mercedes team boss expires at the end of 2020. In the meantime, he has converted the equivalent of more than 40 million euros in shares of the British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin . However, Wolff emphasizes that this is a purely financial investment and has nothing to do with his involvement with Mercedes.

"Let's see if he gets back to the command post after the Aston Martin investment," Schumacher speculates. "When Mercedes breaks apart due to internal problems, I'm curious to see if they can keep up with their performance. It's also an exciting topic of what's to come."

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Wolff himself does not want his engagement at Aston Martin to be overrated. This fits "very well" with his role at Mercedes: "We will supply our new Aston Martin team with our engines, and in series production we will do the same. The Aston Martin street cars have Mercedes engines Daimler has a five percent stake in Aston Martin, "he said in an interview with the daily newspaper 'Austria'.

Wolff explains that he is currently investing in Aston Martin: The share price is "very low", the product line is "great", and he describes the new Aston SUV DBX as a "really cool" car. "After Corona," Wolff suspects, "there will be a normal time when you will buy cars again."

At the same time he emphasizes: "It is a personal financial investment in an automobile manufacturer that has nothing to do with Formula One." And alleged rumors that he could switch from Mercedes to Aston Martin with Lewis Hamilton, he smashes "a la Niki Lauda": "Total bullshit!"

Vettel and Ferrari separate - No new contract after 2020 .
© Jerry André Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto and Sebastian Vettel have long struggled for a new contract. But now the talks with the four-time world champion apparently ended without results. According to information from auto motor und sport, it was not possible to agree on a new deal. The separation could be officially announced on Tuesday (May 12th). The current three-year contract with the 32-year-old expires at the end of the 2020 season.

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