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Ferrari would veto Wolff F1 CEO role

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12/12/2019

With a year of his current contract still to run, and Ferrari speculation aside, when asked about his plans in 2021 and beyond, Lewis Hamilton has admitted that much depends on what Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is planning for his future.

Though Mercedes looks likely to continue in F1, for over a year now, Wolff has been linked with a move to Formula One Management, taking over the role currently held by Chase Carey.

Naturally, the Austrian has remained tight-lipped on the subject, but even Hamilton has indicated that it is possible.

Though the sport seriously needs someone who 'gets' F1 running it, as opposed to people from a marketing or media background, opposition to Wolff's appointment wouldn't go down well with everyone in the paddock.

"Anybody who's been an active and important player in a certain team within the last few years, to take on that responsibility at F1 would automatically create conflicts of interest, perceived or otherwise," Ferrari CEO, Louis Camilleri told members of the media at his team's Christmas lunch for the press. "I personally think it would not be a good thing.

"Our position is that if Mattia was the candidate to replace Chase Carey, I think the rest of the paddock would not be too happy with it," he added. "It's just logical."

Leaving aside the fact that one former Ferrari team boss went on to become the president of the FIA, when asked if, in opposing Wolff's appointment, the Italian team might use its infamous power of veto - granted when that certain former team boss was at the helm, Camilleri admitted: "The veto is sort of a last resort tool.

"Should we be confronted with that I think we would explain our position quite clearly to the folks at Liberty, Greg in particular, and I think we would have a constructive conversation."

So that's a yes then.

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1. Posted by noname33, 16/12/2019 11:02

"@C5, Haha! I have been promoted to Ross. If only I could get the pay check also.
C5, are you Bernie?

I have probably read most of those articles and forgot them.
Next to nerd level in finding all of them. :-)

Most of those things are not worse than any of the strange stuff you came up with, Bernie.

Naw, I'm just having some fun here. You are probably correct (even though I don't think the average pitpass reader thinks like the average F1 fan).

What I have thought about in relation to Brawn has been the new regulations, and I guess the jury is out on how successful that will be. Right Bernie?
"

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2. Posted by Stitch431, 13/12/2019 23:05

"He is worries about Mercedes getting a foot in, where he has already at least three puppets in place at the FIA as well as at F1 management. "

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3. Posted by C5, 13/12/2019 20:14

"@noname33 - Sure, Ross, happy to oblige :-)

What have he (you) accomplished? A lot of hot air and airing a bunch of half baked ideas, most of which luckily went down like a lead ballon within a few months:

https://www.pitpass.com/58386/Brawn-proposes-return-of-non-championship-F1-events
https://www.pitpass.com/60690/Lauda-slams-Libertys-vision-for-F1
https://www.pitpass.com/60718/Brawn-surprised-by-reaction-to-engine-proposal
https://www.pitpass.com/60753/Brawn-F1-digital-media-to-take-off-in-2018
https://www.pitpass.com/60873/Grid-girls-are-the-least-of-F1s-problems
https://www.pitpass.com/60927/Brawn-ponders-change-to-GP-weekend-format
https://www.pitpass.com/61412/Brawn-Qualifying-race-is-worth-considering
https://www.pitpass.com/61787/Brawn-apologises-for-F1-TV-issues
https://www.pitpass.com/63296/Brawn-believes-less-track-time-will-produce-better-racing
https://www.pitpass.com/63531/Brawn-insists-2019-changes-will-improve-racing
https://www.pitpass.com/64030/A-worrying-message-from-the-FIA
https://www.pitpass.com/64044/Brawn-welcomes-return-of-fastest-lap-reward
https://www.pitpass.com/64049/Brawn-fails-to-understand-Silverstones-rationale
https://www.pitpass.com/64275/Brawn-would-be-surprised-to-see-races-lost
https://www.pitpass.com/64278/F1-bosses-looking-to-streamline-race-weekends
https://www.pitpass.com/64288/Bahrain-leaves-Brawn-optimistic-in-terms-of-aero-rules
https://www.pitpass.com/64298/Brawn-in-favour-of-Haas-model
https://www.pitpass.com/65228/Brawn-dismisses-claims-2021-cars-will-look-the-same
https://www.pitpass.com/65507/New-race-weekend-formats-could-be-trialled-next-year-admits-Brawn
https://www.pitpass.com/65779/Brawn-clarifies-proposal-for-changes-to-qualifying-format
https://www.pitpass.com/66058/Brawn-Two-teams-blocked-reverse-grid-proposal

If could find only three recent articles I thought what he (you) said didn't sound like complete garbage:

https://www.pitpass.com/66104/One-of-the-more-interesting-rules-for-2021
https://www.pitpass.com/66178/Brawn-No-turning-back-on-2021-rules
https://www.pitpass.com/66201/Budget-cap-accounting-to-overturn-championship-results

But, I'm more than a little suspicious that's just because time hasn't yet passed to reveal this to also be a bunch of baloney.

I he's (you've) actually accomplished something worthwhile I've missed, please do feel free to highlight it here...

:-)"

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4. Posted by Tardis40, 13/12/2019 19:50

"He's obviously done a good job at Mercedes. I think he would be an excellent choice for the job."

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5. Posted by Wokingchap, 13/12/2019 10:07

"The sooner their veto is removed the better."

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6. Posted by noname33, 13/12/2019 8:12

"@C5, Could you please elaborate a bit about Brawns failure at his current position?"

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7. Posted by TokyoAussie, 13/12/2019 3:24

"While Wolff has a financial stake in Mercedes, I think a veto would be expected and warranted. After that, it would be nice if somebody who understood F1 was at the helm. But Bernie understood F1 once, before chasing the bucks became a higher priority, so who knows."

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8. Posted by C5, 13/12/2019 0:14

"Too bad. I think Toto is among the very few people who might, maybe, not do a completely shitty job at FOM.

The track record for Brawn is sure proof that success in one aspect of the business sure doesn't mean you're capable of doing well in another, but I think Wolf at least would have decent odds compared to pretty much anyone else I can think of.

As for Ferrari, they should be popping the Lambrusco and ringing the bells in Maranello with the view to not have Toto Wolf at the helm at Mercedes..."

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9. Posted by mickl, 12/12/2019 17:01

"'Tool' is correct"

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