Race fans may never know if Toto Wolff was, in fact, the first choice to replace Chase Carey as Formula 1’s chief executive.
That’s because all indications are that Ferrari pulled its veto card that it holds for being Formula 1’s longest-standing member and blocked Wolff’s name from consideration.
“Everyone knows that I had preliminary discussions with Greg Maffei, the CEO of Liberty Media, but it didn’t go beyond that,” the Mercedes F1 team principal Wollf said at Sochi, site of Sunday’s F1 Russian Grand Prix. “Nothing would have come of it anyway. Ferrari didn’t like it.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto doesn’t even deny that he vetoed the candidature of Wolff as F1 boss.
“It is one of Ferrari’s rights to veto the succession to the role of CEO of F1,” he told Ski Italia at Sochi. “Our choice regarding