Toto Wolff has too much influence over FIA and F1, says former F1 champion



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Toto Wolff has too much influence over FIA and F1, says former F1 champion

With just a couple of weeks remaining before Belgian GP when the Formula Teams will start roaring again after a one-month Summer break, 1978 F1 champion Mario Andretti had said in an interview with a press agency that the Mercedes boss Wolff has too much influence over FIA and F1, as the 81-year-old Italian-borne American former F1-racer has reportedly been looking for a position for his son in an F1 team by 2024.

Nevertheless, if truth is to be spoken, contemplating Mercedes’ contribution on Formula One teams including engines and other technical assistance, Wolff’s influence over FIA and Formula One could not be subsided.

McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams F1 teams are entirely dependant on Mercedes for their engines. However, many F1 analysts were quoted saying that despite having had a tremendous scale of impact on Formula One Teams, Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff had shown little intent to abuse his submissive influence on FIA.

Amid such circumstances, Andretti’s remarks could be viewed as a way of seeking attention as his son is set to apply to join an F1 team by 2024. Andretti’s son Michael has been a rookie in IndyCar and Formula E.

He filed paperwork for an official place in an F1 team just a month earlier.

Former F1 champion says Toto Wolff has too much influence over Mercedes

As Andretti sets his eyes on F1 by 2024, he opens up about a clutch of aspects of Formula One in an interview with Motorsports.com.

Speaking in the interview with Motorsport.com, adding that Mercedes’ Wolff has had too much influence even over the F1 administration, Andretti shed lights on his son’s plausible tie-up with an F1 team adding, “I think that whoever joins as the 11th team, whoever gets an entry, needs to demonstrate how creative they can be for the business.

Andretti is a great name, and I think they have done exceptional things in the US, but this is sport and this is business and we need to understand what is it that you can provide to the sport. And if an OEM [original equipment manufacturers] or an international, multinational group joins F1 and can demonstrate that they are going to spend X amount of dollars in activating, in marketing in the various markets; that’s obviously a totally different value proposition for all the other teams”.