Toto Wolff might join hands with Ineos CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe in a bid to buy a stake at Manchester United

Toto Wolff and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, CEO of Ineos, a significant player in the oil and gas market, have been reported to be preparing to buy a stake at Manchester United.


Toto Wolff might join hands with Ineos CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe in a bid to buy a stake at Manchester United

Toto Wolff (via imago)

Toto Wolff, currently the Boss at Mercedes, had invested in several internet and technology companies before moving into motorsport. Wolff’s journey in Motorsport began with HWA, a German company with links at Mercedes. Wolff, now, has revealed that he has spoken to Sir Jim Ratcliffe about joining his bid to buy a shareholding stake in the Legendary Premier League club Manchester United.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the INEOS chemicals group. INEOS is the Principal Partner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, a team that Wolff leads in Formula 1. The BBC reported that Ratcliffe had made an offer to buy 25% of the club from the Glazer family, the current owners of the fabled football club. Wolff revealed that Ratcliffe has put forth a promising ‘trajectory’ that would possibly see the Mercedes boss partner up with the INEO CEO in his bid for United’s ownership.

Toto Wolff further revealed his closeness to Ratcliffe and why that would be a major reason behind him considering this proposition. Wolff continued saying, 

Jim has shared the trajectory with me. I very much respect his values and we trust each other. Jim and Manchester United is a love story because he is born there. Our personal relationship is strong and with Ola Kallenius (Mercedes-Benz chief executive), they call us the ‘Three Amigos’ because we live in the no-nonsense world.

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Toto Wolff rallies behind the FIA to rethink not penalizing Max Verstappen at the Mexican GP

Max Verstappen managed to escape penalties despite the FIA’s scrutiny following an ‘impeding’ incident during Friday Practice at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. Verstappen appeared to be stationary at the pit lane exit, obstructing other drivers, and causing multiple cars to halt behind him inside the pit lane. The Stewards announced that Verstappen was under investigation for this particular incident, however, it was later revealed that Verstappen wasn’t charged with any penalties.

Toto Wolff (via imago)
Toto Wolff (via imago)

The FIA, in their statement justifying the decision not to penalize Verstappen, released a statement, as reported by express.co.uk.

We note that there are contrary requirements on drivers in that they must respect the minimum time, they are attempting to create manageable gaps to cars in front, yet they are also required to avoid unnecessary stopping at the pit exit or driving unnecessarily slowly.

Toto Wolff, the boss at Mercedes, has expressed his concerns about the lack of penalization and called for a meeting with the FIA to address the issue.

It should be noted that Verstappen eventually clinched victory at the Mexican Grand Prix, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton securing the runner-up position. Wolff’s challenge against Verstappen’s leniency potentially jeopardizes the Dutch racer’s victory at Mexico. If Wolff succeeds in challenging the FIA’s ruling and further inspires intervention from the stewards, Hamilton might stand a chance to claim victory, marking his first win in two years.

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