Toto Wolff: "It was Dieter (Zetsche) and Wolfgang Bernhard, who were part of the board. I got a call in the summer of 2012. I was at Williams and we had an OK year. We won a race with Pastor Maldonado in Barcelona...
LH: "But were you managing the team?"
TW: "No, it was a crazy situation. In 2009 I got in as an investor. I wasn't interested in an operational role. Then, over the years, my involvement got a bit more.
"But, I was just a non-executive. Then, after the start of the season in 2012, the [Williams] CEO, Adam Parr, decided that he wanted to leave the team. He left the team and there was nobody executive there. I was the only one on the table that could have done it and, together with Frank, I jumped in, got my team kit and we had a good season.
"In the summer, I got a call from one of the (Mercedes) board members, from Wolfgang (Bernhard), who said 'Why don't we meet for breakfast?' I didn't know what to expect. He said 'we would like you to run the team' and I said 'well, this is not really my thing, working for a large corporation. Because I am a shareholder at Williams. This is a real opportunity for me'.
"He said 'We want you to be a shareholder. We believe this is the model in Formula One. You need to have skin in the game and we want you to be our managing partner'. I went away and thought 'Managing Partner for Mercedes... this is a real opportunity.' But I struggled - I struggled to leave Williams. I had started to have a good relationship with some of the people there and a great relationship with Claire, Frank and Mike O'Driscoll, the CEO. I was close to saying I'd stay at Williams. But then, obviously, Mercedes shines so bright..."