"In the heat of the moment, sometimes when you make decisions you get them wrong", Wolff said.
The seat he leaves behind is the most coveted in Formula One, with Mercedes winning 19 of 21 races this year and clinching both world championships for the third season in succession. Formula One supremo Ecclestone doesn't think so.
Another man who put his name forward was fellow Japanese driver Taki Inoue, who has achieved cult status in F1 for his stints with Simtek and Footwork in 1994 and 1995.
The "brave decision" referred to would appear to be promoting 22-year-old Wehrlein despite his lack of experience with Wolff adamant Mercedes will "respect contractual relationships" in their search.
IF you think you can drive a vehicle as good as Lewis Hamilton then maybe its time to respond to a job that Mercedes have posted.
Mercedes reportedly places advertisements in the magazine regularly for other vacant positions - such as aerodynamics machinist, service desk analyst and infrastructure team leader.
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Alonso is understood to have been one of the drivers who spoke to Wolff in the immediate aftermath of Rosberg's shock announcement last week that he was quitting F1.
However, his relative inexperience might prove to be a factor, likewise with fellow 2016 Manor racer and Mercedes junior driver, Esteban Ocon.
"Clearly the opportunity has come a bit too early, but we believe that our young drivers have great potential".
Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Valtterri Bottas have all been linked with the seat for 2017, along with Mercedes youngsters Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.
That is now unlikely as Wolff has admitted they should have approached the final race in a different manner and let its drivers battle it out for the title without getting involved. Formula One team Mercedes may have a job for you. "Of course we want to have our values, our racing ethos and racing spirit settled for next year and Abu Dhabi is a race we have to learn from".