Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he doesn’t think “team owners should be waving at the fans”, and “it should be the drivers who are in the forefront”.
In addition to the usual pre-race drivers’ parade, a special team-principals’ parade was planned to be held ahead of this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix.
However, the parade has ultimately been scrapped, to the delight of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
“I’d rather avoid [the parade],” Wolff said.
“I don’t think that team principals or team owners should be waving at the fans. I love the fans but it should be the drivers who are in the forefront.
“They are the athlete, the gladiators in the machines, and not any of us.”
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The team principals’ parade idea was a result of the popularity of Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ show, which shines a light on previously unseen parts of the sport.
While Wolff is against pushing team bosses to the forefront, he is happy that Formula 1 is attracting a lot of interest.
“The media attention is something which we need to be very grateful for.
“The sport is booming, the audiences are going up, commercial revenue is going up and we need to have the utmost effort to satisfy the demands of the media and satisfy the demands of the fans.
“I find that great and something that I am proud of.”