Wolff pays tribute to Brawn after constructors' triumph
In the wake of Mercedes wrapping up the constructors' championship in Russia Toto Wolff paid tribute to former team boss Ross Brawn for the work he did before his 2013 departure.
Brawn was team principal from Mercedes' return to the grid in 2010 until last season, when he stepped down, and oversaw a period which saw it earn its first victory with Nico Rosberg in 2012. He also played a key role in luring Lewis Hamilton from McLaren and by the following season Mercedes was the next best team behind Red Bull.
Mercedes clinched the constructors' championship with a one-two in Sochi and executive director (business) Wolff says the team owes a great deal to the Englishman.
"I have to pinch myself sometimes that we are part of the Mercedes history," Wolff said. "We won the first constructors' title for Mercedes-Benz, ever. I feel proud and honoured to be part of the team. The foundations of the team were built by Ross, he played such an important role in the team. The steps that were done in 2012, the people that joined in 2012, we constantly ramped our game up, we made the right decisions, we got the right resources. The big boys understood what it needed and since then we were up on upward slope."
Though celebrations began in earnest after the race in Sochi, Wolff admits the celebrations are bittersweet with Marussia's Jules Bianchi still in a critical but stable condition in hospital after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
"It's a good moment. But first of all, we must not forget what happened last week. Even if we have celebrations and the boys are happy we will not forget what happened to Jules and that he's fighting at the moment. That's why everything is tuned down and we feel tuned down, which is very important to say.
"A colleague and a very talented young driver who I have known from the very early days of Formula 3 and Formula Renault. I am not a monster, we are not monsters; we don't forget that. You must split it - on one side we have worked so hard for today, but on the other side it will never take away what has happened last week. That's how we feel."