Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has now joined Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda in saying he is worried about Formula 1’s future.
Lauda recently said he is concerned about new owner Liberty Media’s vision of the sport’s future. Lauda now tells Brazil media outlet Globo: „We had to give (Liberty Media) time to identify the DNA of the series. But I can already say that for Mercedes, and from what I have talked about with other teams, too, there are things that worry us.
„One is that they have restructured F1, hiring a number of professionals at a cost of $70 million a year, which could mean less money for the teams. We still don’t know what amount (of prize money) will be divided between us in 2018.“
Wolff, the Mercedes team boss, shares Lauda’s concerns.
„(Former F1 boss) Bernie Ecclestone invented something and made it into something great over 50 years,“ Wolff told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. „And we now have the responsibility to keep it great. We have different opinions about how to do that, but we will continue to talk to each other.“
Lauda, a three-time F1 champion, said he is also worried about Liberty’s plans on the sporting side.
„Every time we talk, I get the feeling (Liberty) wants the NASCAR system, where all the teams are the same so that everyone can win. But this is the opposite of F1,“ said Lauda. „In our competition, we honor the best car, the best designers and the best drivers. And that’s something (Liberty Media sporting boss) Ross (Brawn) should know because he was a part of this F1.“