Honda beginning to poach Mercedes staff claims Wolff

Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff

Honda, to return to Formula 1 in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, has begun to poach staff from rival manufacturers currently involved in the sport.

That is the claim of Mercedes‘ motor sport chief Toto Wolff, who said that the Japanese marque’s quest for talented and experienced Formula 1 staff is “quite civilised” at the moment.

Wolff told Germany’s Auto Bild that Honda’s moves to poach Mercedes engineers is “quite normal”.

“We’re operating in a competitive environment, and I think everyone is looking for the best engineers,” he said.

“So it is not unexpected,” Wolff insisted. “We know what contracts are running out, and if we want to keep them, we will work on new ones in good time.”

Wolff refused to criticise the behaviour of McLaren’s 2015 engine supplier, who have been absent from the grid since the disastrous final two seasons as a full works Honda team in 2007 and 2008.

“At the moment we have the feeling that it is quite civilised,” said the Austrian, referring to Honda’s efforts to poach engineers.

“We do not have the impression that our engineers are excessively concerned. However, this could happen. They (Honda) need to put their programme together bit by bit.

“I could imagine at some stage their efforts to court staff becoming more aggressive,” added Wolff. (GMM)

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  • Alan

    What goes round comes around

  • haha

    Alan, well said they did just the same

  • Allan

    …..and how many staff at Mercedes have been “poached” from other teams in the last 3 years?

  • Junior Johnson

    Well guys this is just not right. Mercedes are the saviors of f1. When all the car biulders were leafing f1 and f1 was loosing money it was mercedes that helped f1 and brought in alot of money. Honda should be training there own guys not stealing from such a team as this. I didnt support maclaran before but now I think I never would. Mercedes have been soo good to maclaran too giving them free enjins for so many years. This is how maclaran say thankyou wich is terrible

  • AFA

    Karma is a bitch darlin!!

  • f1fanatic67

    This is the nature of F1. Rival teams and manufacturers are always trying to catch the latest and greatest talent away from each other. It is more competitive for good engineers than it is for good drivers!

  • Rich

    Junior Johnson, Please tell me you’re not an American…..

  • fapper

    Like musical chairs.

  • ghog

    What goes around, comes around.