Toto Wolff is to take on increased responsibilities at the Mercedes Formula 1 team, with CEO Nick Fry to leave his role.
Speculation about Fry's position at the team has been rife following the arrival of Wolff as new Mercedes motorsport boss over the winter after Norbert Haug's exit. Following Wolff's full-scale internal evaluation at Mercedes AMG F1, it has been agreed that Fry will leave his full-time position in the next few weeks but will retain a consultancy role for Mercedes.
Although Wolff's formal job title is not expected to change, it is believed that he will take on many of the managerial responsibilities that Fry had. The changes will also result in Wolff working much more closely with team principal Ross Brawn.
Speaking at the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, Wolff said that he was intending to shake things up too much following his arrival, but he was eager to see the team work better.
"The team has gone through many shareholdings and restructurings," he said. "It was BAR, then Honda, then Ross brought the team, it won the world championship and now it is Mercedes. So it is about calming down the situation and giving the long term view and commitment."
Fry originally joined the Mercedes team when it was British American Racing and played a key role alongside Brawn in keeping the squad alive following Honda's withdrawal from F1 at the end of 2008.