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Wolff files criminal complaint against FIA

  • March 22, 2024
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Wolff files criminal complaint against FIA

The F1 Driver Academy managing director Susie Wolff was the subject of a media storm in December following FIA announcements that it was looking into a potential conflict of interest. Wolff’s husband is Toto Wolff, team boss of Mercedes and media reports suggested that confidential information had been shared between the two and teams had complained to the FIA. Both of these counts were strongly denied.

The matter was made public following an FIA statement. “The FIA is aware of media speculation centred on the allegation of information of a confidential nature being passed to an F1 team principal from a member of FOM personnel,” the statement read. “The FIA Compliance Department is looking into the matter.”

While the pair were not named in the statement, it was cleaer who the governing body had been referring to, and their identity was briefed to the media. But following huge backlash over the decision, including all of Mercedes’ rivals who stated that none of them had made a complaint to the FIA, the governing body of the sport backed down.

Only two days following the initial statement, it said that the matter had been closed and there was no case against them, nor was a formal investigation warranted.

But Susie Wolff felt that the damage to her reputation had been done in the FIA going public before assessing the issue. “I might have been collateral damage in an unsuccessful attack on somebody else,” she wrote on social media at the time, “or the target of a failed attempt to discredit me personally, but I have worked too hard to have my reputation called into question by an unfounded press release.”

Because there has been no public apology over the FIA’s handling of the issue, the Driver Academy managing director has taken the next step. She has gone to the French court to get the bottom of the issue.

Drivers, including Lewis Hamilton have come out to support her. “Hopefully, this stand that she’s taken now will create change, have a positive impact, and especially for women,” he said.

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