Wolff Responds to Max Verstappen’s ‘Super Mario Kart’ Dig at Formula E

Published 08/23/2021, 4:06 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Mercedes have dominated Formula one since the beginning of the Turbo-Hybrid era in 2014. They have won every single driver’s and constructors’ championship since the 2014 season. And now, Mercedes Team principal Toto Wolff and his wife Susie Wolff have been instrumental in Mercedes’s success in the Formula E championship in 2021.

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But the Formula E does not get the same respect as some other series from the F1 paddock. In fact, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen even compared the series to a Super Mario video game.

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Susie Wolff reacts to Max Verstappen’s Super Mario comments

As reported by Bild, Susie revealed that she takes Max‘s Super Mario comment positively; she believes that Formula E is very exciting for people to watch.

“The statement that Formula E is “Super Mario Kart with real people” comes from Toto, and I take it positively. 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 19: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff smiles in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“Because there are actually parallels. The race in Berlin was almost boring in between – until, as with Mario Kart, more power was released with the “Attack Mode” (drivers can use more energy for a short time; d. Ed.). That brings variety and thus excitement,” said Susie Wolff.

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Mercedes went on to win the Formula E title in 2021 in a dramatic fashion. After Nyck de Vries, who is a Mercedes Academy driver, won the title in the last race for the season in Berlin, Mercedes F1 Team Principal Toto Wolff expressed his delight at the milestone.

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“We were, of course, very happy about the title. But Edoardo Mortara not only became vice world champion, Susie’s driver Norman Nato also won the last Berlin race.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – March 12: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff smiles as he speaks with members of the media next to St Kilda beach during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 12, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“That is to be seen at least as an equal success. To make a private team competitive without a large corporation behind them and to lead them to Grand Prix victories and a runner-up world championship can hardly be valued highly enough.” said Toto.

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After winning the title, Mercedes announced it would withdraw from Formula E to focus more on Formula One.

Is Formula E’s comparison to Mario fair? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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