Mario Andretti slammed Mercedes boss Toto Wolff accusing him of being disrespectful to Andretti Global’s bid to enter Formula 1, and demanded more respect.
Mario Andretti’s son, Michael, has been pushing hard in a bid to start an F1 team, and was present in the Miami Grand Prix paddock back in May talking to the FIA and teams in order to raise support for his project.
However, Toto Wolff is not happy about seeing another team joining Formula 1 and previously said: “All teams have invested considerable sums over the last ten years to get there.
“If a new team is able to bring us more than it costs, we should look at one Sit down and talk about it. But until now, that proof hasn’t been provided,” he claimed.
However, Mario Andretti, the 1978 F1 Champion, found Wolff’s claims offensive when speaking to Auto Motor und Sport.
“Toto Wolff has spoken very openly about our credibility,” he said. “However, he speaks to me in a different way.
“I find the criticism very disrespectful because we have been active in motorsport much longer than he has,” the American added. “I respect his success so far, but he has no reason to look down on us.”