Off The Grid: It’s tough at the top for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff (VIDEO)


Put yourself in the shoes of an outsider to Formula One. You notice that Mercedes has been dominating all season long with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and is seemingly on the way to a World Championship.

So, you’d figure their boss, Toto Wolff, has been feeling rather loose ever since it was clear that his squad was going to pummel the competition in the wake of F1’s new technical regulations.

In reality, it hasn’t always been a perfect situation for Wolff this year.

As Hamilton and Rosberg have fought for the championship, they’ve had their share of clashes this season that include a tense Monaco Grand Prix weekend and an on-track incident last month at Spa.

Additionally, both of them have suffered reliability problems – especially glaring considering how strong the Merc package has been in 2014.

Put it all together, and Wolff is not always as relaxed as an outsider may expect.

“Sometimes it looks like a nice place to be, but – of course, this is a luxury problem – but it’s very intense in the team,” Wolff told NBCSN’s Will Buxton during an interview for the latest edition of “Off The Grid” in Singapore.

“For the first time, we have the possibility of winning the World Championship in 60 years with two drivers fighting strongly…I wouldn’t want to change it for the world, but still, it’s not always easy.”

Wolff also discussed how he considers the big picture of the championship, his own passion for racing, and the unique situation of having his spouse – Williams test driver Susie Wolff – drive for the competition.

You can see his interview with Buxton in the clip above, and you can watch the premiere of “Off The Grid: Singapore” this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN following coverage of the Russian Grand Prix.