If you could turn back time, is there any one thing you would have done dif­fer­ently?


Toto Wolff Head of Mercedes-Benz mo­tor­sport

I sup­pose the easy thing to say is: “Okay, I would not ac­cept Ayr­ton at McLaren.” But, at the time, I re­mem­ber be­ing in Ja­pan with Ron, and I was the one say­ing: “Okay, you want to take Nel­son [Pi­quet]… why Nel­son? I like Nel­son, we’re quite good friends, he’s the same gen­er­a­tion as me. But why don’t you take Ayr­ton? He’s the fu­ture.”

And I pushed McLaren be­cause at the time they were my fam­ily and I was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble for spon­sors and for the team. So yes, to an­swer the ques­tion, maybe I would have changed that. But when you are in your rac­ing ca­reer, de­ci­sions you make are like de­ci­sions when you’re driv­ing. You think it’s for the best. I have never thought only for my­self. I fo­cus on the team, on the in­ter­ests of peo­ple around me, and when you have this kind of phi­los­o­phy, you never re­gret any­thing. Al­though to an­swer the ques­tion, I would say: “Yes, maybe this one thing.”

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