In a significant development within Formula 1, nine teams have collectively denied lodging complaints that triggered the FIA’s investigation into Mercedes’ Toto and Susie Wolff. This revelation brings a new perspective to the ongoing inquiry led by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
- Unified Team Statements: Aston Martin, Haas, Williams, McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull, AlphaTauri, Alpine, and Alfa Romeo unanimously confirmed they did not instigate the FIA investigation, countering speculation about internal discord within F1.
- FIA’s Serious Approach: The FIA Compliance Department’s involvement underlines the gravity of the allegations, especially considering Susie Wolff’s recent appointment as F1 Academy’s managing director and her connections within F1.
- Support for F1 Academy: The teams also expressed their support for the F1 Academy and Susie Wolff’s leadership, highlighting their commitment to sponsor academy entrants in their respective liveries from the next season.
In a surprising twist to the ongoing FIA investigation into Mercedes chiefs Toto and Susie Wolff, a united front has been presented by nine F1 teams. These teams – Aston Martin, Haas, Williams, McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull, AlphaTauri, Alpine, and Alfa Romeo – have all issued statements denying any involvement in initiating the probe.
This collective stance sheds light on the complex dynamics within Formula 1, especially in the context of the FIA’s serious treatment of the matter. The investigation, steered by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, has involved the FIA Compliance Department, reflecting the seriousness of the allegations. The focus is not just on Toto Wolff but also on Susie Wolff, particularly given her recent role as the managing director of F1 Academy and her ties with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. These developments have raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the overall integrity of the sport.
Amidst these concerns, the solidarity shown by the teams is noteworthy. Their statement reads: “We can confirm that we have not made any complaint to the FIA regarding the allegation of information of a confidential nature being passed between an F1 Team Principal and a member of FOM staff. We are pleased and proud to support F1 Academy and its managing director through our commitment to sponsor an entrant in our liveries from next season.”
This unified response and the expressed support for the F1 Academy and Susie Wolff’s leadership role in it, indicate a broader commitment to the sport’s growth and ethical practices. It also highlights the teams’ willingness to stand together in times of controversy, ensuring that the sport’s integrity remains intact amidst challenging situations.
As the FIA continues its investigation, the F1 community watches closely, anticipating further developments and hoping for a resolution that maintains the sport’s competitive fairness and reputational integrity.