Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has announced his resignation from his position at the team this morning but has named Pastor Maldonado as a replacement.
Wolff’s decision to resign comes after a doctors report stating that he needs a less stressful job, or else he puts himself at high risk of heart attack.
Although he admits he will miss the job and the team, he is looking forward to a more peaceful life.
“It is with a heavy heart I announce my resignation from my position at Mercedes, it is a position I can no longer carry out to full effect without posing a strong risk to my health,” he said.
“I will miss everyone at the team greatly, they have made the years I have spent at Mercedes such wonderful ones and years that I will never forget.
“Although I am sad to be leaving the Formula 1 circus, I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with my family.”
Wolff also announced that he had chosen Maldonado as a replacement, a decision that may seem odd to some, but the Venezuelan insisted that he will be able to fill the shoes of team boss.
“A lot of you may not know this, but it has been a personal dream of mine to return to Formula 1 in the position of team boss,” Maldonado said.
“Since I have left the sport as a driver, I have been training myself to fill the role of team boss at a team someday, and I am lucky that this position at Mercedes came up.
“Toto helped me train, however, I never thought he’d recommend me, and I am very humbled by this.”
Wolff will carry out his role at the team for the next Grand Prix at Bahrain, however, after that, Maldonado will take over.