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Toto Wolff calls for calm at Mercedes

Press Association logoPress Association 22/12/2016

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has called for "calm" as the Formula One constructors' champions look to build on their recent success without Nico Rosberg in 2017.

Rosberg, 31, shocked the sport when he decided to retire just five days after being crowned drivers' champion in November.

The German endured a frosty relationship with teammate Lewis Hamilton and it remains to be seen who will fill Rosberg's seat next season, with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas heavily linked to a move.

Mercedes may wait until the end of January to announce his permanent successor, but, in an email seen by Press Association Sport, Wolff urged the team to pull together.

After congratulating the team on lifting a third straight constructors' and drivers' title, Wolff's email went on to read: "Our position in the spotlight puts every decision taken and every word spoken under an intense microscope.

"They are debated passionately among our fans and interpreted by the media.

"But there has been enough talking, now. This is the period for calm and considered reflection; to savour our achievements and prepare for the next campaign."

The likes of Fernando Alonso and Pascal Wehrlein have also been mooted as potential replacements for Rosberg, but Wolff appears to be in no rush to announce the Mercedes lineup.

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo recently denied he would be making a move to Mercedes and would be staying with Red Bull Racing in 2017.

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