Toto Wolff, a shareholder and now Williams’ new executive director, has ruled out testing the famous British team’s 2012 car.
Williams test driver Susie Wolff’s husband, and Friday driver Valtteri Bottas’ manager, Wolff is also a racing driver. He raced single seaters in the 90s and in 2002 finished sixth in the FIA’s NGT (now GT2) championship. He also won a race in the GT1 class and more recently achieved success in Austrian rallying and won the 2006 Dubai 24 hour race. And a Youtube video of his Nordschleife lap record and spectacular 270kph Porsche crash is legendary in racing circles.
But Wolff, 40, insists he has no plans to test the Renault-powered FW34.
“As you know, I was more ambitious than talented and there is no ambition to drive a formula one car because I think it would just look ridiculous,” he said.
Instead, in the wake of chairman Adam Parr’s surprise departure, Wolff is taking his new job – helping Sir Frank Williams to run the Oxfordshire based team – very seriously.
“The answer is yes, I’m going to spend more days at the factory and I enjoy it, it’s what I want to do now,” he said.