Toto Wolff was born in Vienna, Austria and is the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s CEO, Team Principal, and co-owner. Toto’s first experience of motorsport occurred when he was 17 years old and was watching a colleague race at the Nürburgring in Germany. Toto has raced extensively in national rallies, touring cars, and world championship GT racing, in addition to a brief single-seater racing career in his early twenties. He has class victories in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the 6 Hours of Spa, as well as overall victory at the 24 Hours of Dubai.
Toto eventually stopped racing and went to study at the University of Economics and Business of Vienna. Later on, he dropped out and initiated various projects and investments. Amongst these projects was a racing driver management firm with former F1 world champion Mika Häkkinen. In 2009 Wolff entered the Formula 1 business by purchasing a part of the Williams F1 Team. He took over as Executive Director of the team in 2012, when it won its last race, the Spanish Grand Prix.
Just under a year later, Daimler AG’s board of directors tasked Toto to analyze the performance of their Formula One works team. Toto later purchased a 30% ownership in the Brackley-based team, along with co-shareholder Niki Lauda. Simultaneously, he was appointed Head of Mercedes-Benz Racing, having ultimate responsibility for the corporation’s works motorsport programs, which now encompass Formula 1 and Formula E. During Toto’s campaign as a Team Principal, the Mercedes Formula One team has won an astonishing seven consecutive World Championship titles, making it the most successful team in F1 history. From 2014 through the end of 2020, the team won 102 races, with a winning ratio of 70%.