Toto Wolff is not Williams’ new team boss. With co-founder Patrick Head and chairman Adam Parr both now gone and Sir Frank Williams stepping down from his own board, it is notable that Wolff was the famous British team’s nominal leader in China. For instance, the Austrian businessman – a director and 15 per cent shareholder – represented Williams at the team principals’ meetings in Shanghai.
German-language media reports, however, insist that Wolff, whose wife is the team’s new test driver Susie Wolff (nee Stoddart), has no ambition to succeed Sir Frank Williams, who turned 70 this week.
“If you ever see me on the pitwall,” he is quoted by the Austrian news agency APA, “then you know that I have an ego problem.”
40-year-old Wolff, however, said in China that Parr will have to be replaced eventually. Last week, he championed the credentials of his countryman and former team driver Alex Wurz, who has been taken on for 2012 as a driver mentor.
“He is a fantastic man; a good driver, well connected and sees the big picture. He (Wurz) still has a long F1 career,” said Wolff.