February 26, 2024

F1, FIA investigation against Toto Wolff and Susie Wolff

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The dispute, which is not stated by the association but by an industry website, concerns the alleged passing on of information to the team boss by his wife, head of the academy project. F1 angry: “Communication not agreed”

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Toto Wolff and his wife Susie Stoddart are being investigated by the International Automobile Federation. The suspicion reported by other teams is a conflict of interest, as BusinessF1 magazine revealed. Stoddart is CEO of the F1 Academy, the FOM women's championship (not affiliated with the FIA), for which she reports to Stefano Domenicali. This gives the manager access to information that she suspects she passed on to her husband, who is known to be the Mercedes team boss. Yesterday the FIA ​​​​published a rather vague statement, just a few lines long, in which it spoke of an investigation against a team boss, but without mentioning any of the Wolff spouses. “The FIA ​​is aware of media speculation surrounding allegations that information of a confidential nature was passed from a FOM employee to an F1 team manager. The department is investigating the matter.”

Reaction f1

A statement that triggered inevitable reactions from Mercedes, Susie Wolff and Fom himself. This is what F1 says rather harshly: “We note the FIA’s public statement, which was not communicated to us in advance – we read in a note – we are fully convinced that the allegations are unfounded and we have solid.” Processes and procedures are in place to ensure the separation of information and responsibility in the event of a potential conflict of interest. We believe that no member of our workforce is responsible for the unauthorized disclosure of information to a team leader and would like to caution anyone against acting carelessly and without serious, unfounded allegations.

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Mercedes has denied all allegations and said it has not received any formal communication from the FIA ​​investigation department on the matter: “We note the FIA’s general statement responding to unfounded allegations from a single media outlet and the unofficial briefing.” is connected to the Mercedes-AMG F1 team boss – says the Mercedes statement – ​​The team has not received any communication from the FIA ​​Compliance Department on this matter and it was very surprising to learn of the investigation through a media statement. “The allegations contained in the statement and the associated media coverage have a negative impact on the integrity and fairness of our team boss. We invite the FIA ​​Compliance Department to provide full, timely and transparent correspondence regarding this investigation and its contents.”

Susie's answer

Susie Wolff said she was “deeply offended but unfortunately not surprised by the public allegations. It is disheartening to have my integrity questioned in this way, especially when it appears to be the result of intimidating and misogynistic behavior and a focus on my marital status rather than my abilities. I have encountered and overcome numerous obstacles throughout my motorsport career and I refuse to let these unfounded allegations cloud my commitment and passion for the F1 Academy. As a woman in this sport, I have faced many challenges, but my commitment to breaking down barriers and paving the path to success for future generations remains unwavering. In extreme cases, I reject these allegations.”



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