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WOLFF VERY ATTACHED TO THE NÜRBURGRING AFTER HIS CRASH WITH PORSCHE

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WOLFF VERY ATTACHED TO THE NURBURGRING AFTER HIS CRASH

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is very happy that Formula 1 is returning to the German Nürburgring track seven years after the last race.

For Toto Wolff, manager of the Mercedes team, this race in Germany will obviously be important for the German manufacturer, while Wolff himself has a special relationship with the Nürburging track due to a crash driving a Porsche. in 2009 when the Austrian was attempting a lap record on the formidable north loop, the Nordschleife [see video below].

Crash after Toto Wolff´s Nürburgring Nordschleife Record of 7:03,28

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has claimed the Nürburgring holds an “emotional” attachment for him ahead of Formula 1’s return to the circuit this weekend.

Given Wolff’s role, it is easy to forget he enjoyed a moderately successful career as a driver himself.

In 2009, however, while on a lap record attempt around the Nordschleife, the more expansive circuit compared to the track layout for grands prix, Wolff was involved in the biggest accident of his career.

After suffering a tyre blowout, Wolff lost control of his Porsche 977 RSR on the second fast lap of his run and made heavy contact with the barriers.

Looking ahead towards this weekend, Wolff said: “I think for Mercedes it is always good to have a race in Germany and coming back to the Nürburgring is nice. It’s a track that we like.

“I particularly have an emotional relationship with the Nürburgring, and if you saw the weather during the 24 Hours, it is going to be certainly exciting with low temperatures and maybe rain.

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“But the Eifel is good for everything so we are looking forward [to it].”

The weekend will not only spark individual memories for Wolff, but also for the team as it will be impossible to race at the Nürburgring without pausing to think about its former non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

Wolff added: “At the end, you score points everywhere and you are more attached to certain tracks than to others and I guess we just need to have a good race there like we had in Russia.”

WOLFF VERY ATTACHED TO THE NÜRBURGRING AFTER HIS CRASH WITH PORSCHE WOLFF VERY ATTACHED TO THE NÜRBURGRING AFTER HIS CRASH WITH PORSCHE

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