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Fry Out, Wolff In: What are Mercedes playing at?

It’s been announced that Nick Fry will leave his current position as CEO of the struggling team Mercedes at the end of the month with Toto Wolff, current executive director, to take over his duties in another move over the past few months to try and balance the overwhelming amount of key head figures in the team.

Since the end of another disappointing season for the team, Lewis Hamilton has replaced Michael Schumacher bringing over his former team’s technical director, Paddy Lowe at the end of this year. Toto Wolff himself only left Williams in January for the Brackley based team to become the head of the motor sport department. Now he will also head up the commercial activities that Fry has left behind.

The Guardian revealed that in January, “there appeared to be friction between Wolff, who owns 30% of the shares, and Lauda (10%) on the one side, and old allies Brawn and Fry on the other. But since then Wolff has smoothed the considerably troubled waters, Brawn has produced a stronger car and Fry’s departure is an amicable one.”

My only question is this a sign of things to come in Formula 1? From the spectator side of things, we want to watch drivers race fast cars in some of the most amazing and tropical places on the globe. I understand that F1 is a billion pound business that revolves around money and solely depends on it, but the headlines shouldn’t be about that.

I want driver rivalries, not Bernie Ecclestone related problems. If the money isn’t coming in, move somewhere else. There are circuits all over that aren’t in use. I don’t think publicity reaches as far as it could do in relation to sports like football and rugby. Why not? It’s a better sport than the rest, we just need a wider fan base in particular parts like Spain and Great Britain has for the sport.


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