Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has revealed that he studied Premier League club Manchester United to learn what it takes for successful teams to continue winning titles and maintain their winning form. As reported by Planet F1, during a recent interview, the Austrian mentioned legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson, while crediting him for changing Manchester United along with English Football in his 26-year-long tenure with the club.
While United went on to win a staggering no. of 38 trophies under the iconic Scottish manager from 1986 to 2013, which also includes 13 Premier League titles. On the other hand, Mercedes have enjoyed the most success under team principal Wolff, having won a total of seven drivers championships and eight constructors championships “I studied why great teams were not able to repeat great title [runs],” Wolff said while naming Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. "One is satisfied," said Toto Wolff
They have not been able to fill the void since Ferguson left the team, as current manager Erik ten Hag is the team's fifth full-time manager since 2013. “There is no sports team in all sports that has won eight. back-to-back world titles and there are many reasons for that and the man is at the heart of it. The man will be satisfied. You won't be as energized as before. Maybe you're not ambitious," Wolff added. Sir Alex Ferguson and Toto Wolff are the most successful managers in their game
Toto Wolff and Sir Alex Ferguson are regarded as two of the most successful team managers in their respective sports. The 50-year-old Austrian may be far behind the Scotsman in terms of heritage, but he is the second most successful Formula 1 team manager after the legendary Frank Williams.
Wolff took charge of the Mercedes F1 team in 2014 and led the team to its first drivers' championship win with Lewis Hamilton since 1955. The team continued to celebrate success, winning eight consecutive F1 constructors' championships. since 2014, while Hamilton missed out on his 7th F1 Drivers' Championship win with Mercedes in 2021. Meanwhile, United are still struggling after Ferguson's departure and are still chasing a major title win.