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Wolff: I take certain degree of pleasure when I see Williams performing well

Wolff: I take certain degree of pleasure when I see Williams performing well

Wolff: I take certain degree of pleasure when I see Williams performing well

Toto Wolff hailed the work Williams – where he was co-owner before buying into Mercedes – have been doing so far this year, claiming he takes a certain degree of pleasure and pride when he sees them doing well.

Wolff bought a minority stake of Williams back in 2009 which grew to 15% later on as he became an executive director of the team, but then the Mercedes project came calling and he became a co-owner in the team that went on to win an unprecedented eight consecutive Formula 1 Constructors’ Titles between 2014 and 2021. That meant Wolff had to sell his Williams shares.

But it seems the Austrian still looks fondly back on his Williams days, not to mention now that his former head of strategy at Mercedes James Vowles became the Team Principal of the Grove team.

Despite their struggles with a car that lacks downforce, Williams have managed to score points on several occasions so far this year with Alex Albon doing the business in Bahrain, Canada, Britain, The Netherlands, and most recently Italy, making the best use out of his slippery FW45.

And Wolff is impressed by that feat, he said: “I mean, Williams deserves to be racing at the sharp end and they’re doing a good job.

“We’ve seen that it’s an efficient car and it’s fast when it’s fast, but Zandvoort is a high downforce track and they [were] still there,” he added.

“I take a certain degree of pleasure, pride, when I see them performing so well, but obviously it needs to stop now because we don’t want them to have further help,” the Mercedes boss maintained.

Wolff determined to place Mick Schumacher in a racing seat

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While Albon has been delivering points for Williams when possible, in the other car, American rookie Logan Sargeant has to proven to be way out of his depth in F1, considerably outpaced by his teammate, not to mention his continuous crashing.

And it is no secret that Wolff is pushing to place Mick Schumacher, Mercedes’ reserve driver, in Sargeant’s seat especially as the American is yet to be confirmed by Williams for 2024.

“I think he deserves to be on the grid,” Wolff said of Schumacher. “The moment you’re not feeling confident in a car for a long period, the more pressure you put on yourself, the less good you perform, and I think this happened at Haas.

“He’s quick. If you win F3 and F2, there is high potential in you, and he was never able to show it. I’m glad we have a third driver that I know will do the job if one of ours eats a bad fish!

“But the contribution in the simulator is tremendous and that makes us sometimes do these big jumps from Friday to Saturday because he’s driving his socks off overnight,” Wolff explained.

Schumacher drove for Haas for two seasons (2021 and 2022) but struggled to perform at the US outfit, especially that the team did not provide an environment for a rookie to learn and develop, Guenther Steiner providing more criticism than guidance for the German during his time with the team.