Before the summer break, Sky Sports F1's Simon Lazenby sat down with Toto to discover his journey to F1.
- SL: Born in Vienna 46 years ago to Polish and Austrian parents, you speak six languages, you now run a very successful motorsport team, how did you get from A to B? Where did it all start for you?
Toto Wolff: "Well, all the parents that want their kids to be inspired should switch off now. Because, there was not a lot of inspiring stuff around my early childhood. I was born in Vienna, as you said, and was lucky enough to go to the French school.
"This is where I learned an additional language. It was a tough upbringing; my father was very ill when he was young, and he died when I was a young teenager. There wasn't a lot of financial means and if you grow up in a city where you can see that in front of you, but you haven't got it yourself, it is difficult.
"Therefore, I wouldn't say it wasn't the best childhood and in school it wasn't great either. I just managed to get through every year by the tiniest of margins.
"To the great surprise of myself, I made the A Levels when I was 18 and decided to be a racing driver and study Economics at Vienna University.
"The race driving was so-so; the studies were even worse and that is why I decided then to start to work for a company and earn my own money."