According to Wolff Mercedes told him “We are a group with 100 billion euros in turnover but we are not sure whether we really understand motorsport. We would like a professional who is not only a manager but is also a co-shareholder, who is involved financially, has entrepreneurial risk and is therefore someone we would be comfortable with.”
I find it really surprising that Wolff has taken a swipe at his new bosses on the day of the launch. But thinking about it, if the team's problems were really so bad that it wondered whether it really understood motorsport then how have they been solved? I can't believe that hiring Lauda and Hamilton makes everything OK. Was Haug such a bad influence? It does look like he was to blame because Merc presumably left McLaren due to lack of success and then when it realised it wasn't getting any with its own team it parted ways with Haug. Wolff says that it needed a professional to own and run the team but what about Ross? If I was him I wouldn't be impressed by this outburst.
Edited by Craigster, 04 February 2013 - 19:26.