F1 boss Toto Wolff studied Man Utd's failures to avoid same mistakes and deliver success to Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes | The Sun

MERCEDES chief Toto Wolf has revealed he studied Manchester United to steer clear from making the same mistakes as the Red Devils.

Wolff, 50, has overseen his F1 side win EIGHT consecutive constructors titles.

No other team in the history of the sport has managed more than six in a row.

United meanwhile won the Premier League three times in a row on two occasions under Sir Alex Ferguson, and 13 times in total, while being considered as one of the best sports teams on the planet.

But since Fergie left nearly a decade ago, the Red Devils haven't come anywhere close to replicating that same success.

And Wolff puts other teams' eventual failure down to complacency, plus a lack of energy and ambition.

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Referencing Ferguson's United, Wolff told the Financial Times: “I studied why great teams were not able to repeat great title [runs].

“No sports team in any sport has ever won eight consecutive World Championship titles and there are many reasons for that, and what is at the core is the human.

“The human gets complacent. You are not energised in the same way you were before. You are maybe not as ambitious.

“I often get the question: ‘How hard is that?’

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“I had so many periods, so many episodes in my life that I would judge as difficult, that this is not on the same scale.

“I don’t think it’s challenging in a way because I’ve had much harder times in all of my life, not particularly in Formula 1, but this is actually within my comfort zone.”

United on the other hand look out of their comfort zone completely – and have done for years.

The team running 8.5miles less than Brentford on Saturday perhaps suggests a sense of complacency, plus a lack of energy and ambition.

To counter that Erik ten Hag hauled his flops in for extra training on Sunday, and made them run the 8.5miles more than them that the Bees had covered.

The Red Devils have started life under Ten Hag with back to back defeats to Brighton and Brentford, and are currently bottom of the league.

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