Toto Wolff, Austrian investor and the owner and executive director of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, has recently played down a friendly meeting on the Austrian ski slopes with Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel. Before the four-time Formula One world champions last year re-signed with the Maranello team through 2020, he was linked with a shock move to Mercedes.
Now, Sebastian Vettel has been spotted and photographed meeting with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Daimler CFO Bodo Uebber in Kitzbuhel, scene of a famous annual skiing world cup. The executive director of Mercedes told Kolner Express newspaper: “Now everyone will write ‘Vettel to Mercedes’! But we are neighbours in Switzerland and friends and we just speak normally,” he added.
Also spotted together at Kitzbuhel’s well-known Hahnenkamm race were Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, and former Scuderia Ferrari Austrian driver Gerhard Berger.