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Toto Wolff to miss Brazilian GP

Toto Wolff to miss Brazilian GP
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Toto Wolff will this weekend sit out a grand prix for the first time since 2013.

Toto Wolff will this weekend sit out a grand prix for the first time since 2013.

Now the Mercedes boss, 47-year-old Wolff began attending races regularly in 2019 when he bought a share of Williams. He left in 2013 when he and fellow Austrian Niki Lauda bought into Mercedes.

Last week, Wolff was at the German team's Brackley (UK) headquarters, where 1500 staff members celebrated their sixth consecutive drivers' and constructors' titles.

"Despite this record breaking achievement, I still feel a lot of hunger and desire for more achievements," the Austrian, who has been linked with the top job at Liberty Media, said.

At the same time, Wolff announced that he will not be in Brazil this weekend for the penultimate race on the 2019 calendar.

"Brazil will be the first race since 2013 that I won't attend," he said.

"With both championships secured, it gives me more time in Europe to focus on other open topics.

"It's great to be able to do this and to know that the team will represent the three-pointed star in the best way possible both on and off the track."

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
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RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

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