Mercedes poke fun at ‘Darth Toto’ as Michael Masi returns

Lewis Hamilton recently said he has no intention of speaking to Michael Masi, following his return to the Formula 1 paddock.

The Mercedes F1 Team has embraced the return of Toto Wolff’s iconic hooded look, much to the delight of fans.

Nicknamed ‘Darth Toto’ in reference to the Sith Lords in the Star Wars series, some have speculated that this personality could allow the Mercedes boss to use the force to secure an eighth world title for Lewis Hamilton.

Even the official Formula 1 account got in on the action, sharing a gif of Wolff watching on from the pitwall, as he works on getting his team back to the top of the sport. 

“Yes, yes let the downforce flow through you,” one person commented. 

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“Lewis being told Masi is in the paddock. Darth Toto: Let the anger flow through you!” a poster on Reddit joked in reference to the former race director’s return after his controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi decision.

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Mercedes have their best chance at victory since the beginning of the 2023 season, with George Russell in P2 and Lewis Hamilton in P3 when the lights go out at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Russell qualified just 0.23 seconds behind Red Bull, as Mercedes bounced back from a slow start to the championship race.

The Brackley-based team is in a fight with Aston Martin for second place in the Constructors’ Championship, as Red Bull lead the pack, having scored 87 out of a maximum 88 points.