Toto Wolff Criticizes FIA Over Handling of Investigation, Citing “Great Damage”

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Mercedes Team Principal Laments Impact of Swiftly Closed Investigation into Alleged Conflict of Interest

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has expressed dissatisfaction with the FIA’s handling of the recent investigation into him and F1 Academy Managing Director Susie Wolff, stating that it has “caused great damage.” The investigation, triggered by complaints of a ‘conflict of interest,’ was swiftly concluded after just two days, prompting criticism from Wolff. He emphasized the need for transparency and high standards in the sport, calling the investigation’s rapid closure “not what you expect from the world of F1 in general.”

In December, reports surfaced regarding a potential conflict of interest involving Toto Wolff and Susie Wolff, with allegations of information sharing that could have compromised the integrity of the sport. Despite both dismissing the claims as “baseless allegations,” an investigation was initiated by the FIA Compliance Department. The swift closure of the inquiry drew criticism from Wolff, who highlighted the importance of transparency in professional sports.

While Toto Wolff expressed his dissatisfaction with the investigation’s handling, he also acknowledged Susie Wolff’s determination to seek transparency. The F1 Academy Managing Director faced not only the professional implications of the investigation but also criticized the allegations for being “rooted in intimidatory and misogynistic behaviour.” The support from the rest of the F1 grid towards Wolff reflects a united front against what has been perceived as an unwarranted and damaging investigation.

This incident adds to the ongoing tensions between the F1 community and the FIA, with concerns raised about the governing body’s decision-making under President Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s tenure. Despite the controversy, the F1 Academy, under Susie Wolff’s leadership, continues to grow in stature, becoming a permanent fixture in the F1 support package, with representation from all ten F1 teams among its drivers.