Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to miss Brazilian GP weekend

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff will not be present with the squad at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, marking his first absence of the hybrid era.

Mercedes has already secured both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles for a sixth successive season, with Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the championship in the United States.

On Monday Mercedes confirmed that Wolff will not travel to Interlagos this weekend as “it gives me more time in Europe to focus on other topics.

“It’s great to be able to do this and to know that the team will represent the three-pointed star in the best way possible both on and off the track.”

Wolff nonetheless stressed that there is “no sense of complacency” within the squad ahead of the final two rounds of the campaign.

“We have two races to go in the 2019 season and we want to end this season on a high,” he said.

“The next stop takes us to Brazil which brings back fond memories from last year when we were not only able to win the race but also secure the Constructors' Championship at Interlagos.

“It's a very short track which makes qualifying particularly challenging as the margins are very small.

“We have generally not had the fastest car on Saturdays since the summer break, but we were able to take pole in Austin and will try to fight for a front row start again at São Paulo.

“I still feel a lot of hunger and desire for more achievements. There's no sense of complacency, everybody is still determined to keep on improving.”