Mercedes’ team boss Toto Wolff does not see any catastrophe in his staff joining Red Bull Powertrains.
One of the most discussed topics in the paddock these days is undoubtedly Red Bull Racing’s newly formed engine department, Red Bull Powertrains. In fact, some of the Mercedes staff will join the new company to help Red Bull develop the engine after Honda’s departure from the sport in 2021.
Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff believes that their own engine department will not lose much.
“Nothing has changed in HPP [Mercedes’ engine division]. We have 900 employees, and probably we lose 10 or 15. It’s pretty normal and mostly manufacturing staff,” Wolff said.
Wolff also sees positive consequences in the foundation of Red Bull Powertrains.
“So from our side, the game plan hasn’t changed. I think it’s good that we have another possible constructor that comes into the sport, whether it’s Red Bull or any other OEM that could be interested in taking over, and that’s overall positive. I don’t see any negativity there, any negative aspect in the situation.”
One of the biggest positives in his opinion is the fact that there will be more opportunities for younger specialists to develop in the industry.
“It opens up bottlenecks for younger engineers to come up. They have an opportunity now, and changing the organisation has always opportunities.
“Organisations are dynamic organs and not static. Sometimes you are being pushed in such situations, sometimes you take your own decisions. But overall, you can make it an opportunity rather than a risk.”