Mercedes backs Wolff amid the Formula 1 sharks 19 July, 2013 Toto Wolff with Dieter Zetsche Mercedes has thrown its full support behind their recently appointed motorsport boss Toto Wolff, following reports claiming that he made disparaging remarks about his colleagues and bosses. Sport Bild this week claimed Wolff, Mercedes’ new Formula 1 co-owner and motor sport director, spoke negatively about Dieter Zetsche, Ross Brawn and Niki Lauda during a conversation in February with former HRT boss Colin Kolles. Mercedes initially declined to comment. But parent Daimler’s head of global communications Jorg Howe has now been quoted as saying: “[Wolff] has our full confidence and will continue his successful work. “We know that F1 is a shark tank,” Howe told Germany’s Sport1. “If you are successful, you will be pelted with mud.” Subbed by AJN. Content on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.