Susie Wolff demands accountability in strong statement as FIA suddenly drop investigation | F1 | Sport

Susie Wolff demands accountability in strong statement as FIA suddenly drop investigation | F1 | Sport

Susie Wolff has released a strong statement condemning the FIA’s latest comments after the sport’s governing body suddenly closed their investigation into herself and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. The F1 Academy director has called for greater accountability from FIA leaders following the debacle.

The Wolffs were placed under investigation by the FIA after a report from Business F1 magazine claimed that comments from Toto had raised suspicions among other team bosses that their insider information could have been passed along.

With Susie’s role of F1 Academy director reporting to CEO Stefano Domenicali, the links were made and the FIA opened an investigation.

However, coordinated statements from all other nine teams on the grid were released on Wednesday insisting that they have no concerns about the matter and that they had not complained about any comments from Toto, leaving the FIA red-faced.

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Therefore, on Thursday, the FIA promptly closed their investigation and released a statement reading: « Following a review of Formula 1 Management’s F1 code of conduct and F1 conflict of interest policy, and confirmation that appropriate protective measures are in place to mitigate any potential conflicts, the FIA is satisfied that FOM’s compliance management system is robust enough to prevent any unauthorised disclosure of confidential information.

« The FIA can confirm that there is no ongoing investigation in terms of ethical or disciplinary inquiries involving any individual. As the regulator, the FIA has a duty to maintain the integrity of global motorsport. The FIA reaffirms its commitment to integrity and fairness. »

Susie, however, was less than impressed with this response, hitting back: « When I saw the statement issued by the FIA yesterday evening, my first reaction was ‘Is that it?’

« For two days, insinuations have been made about my integrity in public and throughout background briefings, but nobody from the FIA has spoken to me directly. 

« I might have been collateral damage in an unsuccessful attempt on somebody or the target of a failed attempt to discredit me personally, but I’ve worked too hard to have my reputation called into question by an unfounded press release.

« We have come a long way as a sport. I was extremely thankful for the unified support of the Formula 1 teams. I have worked with so many passionate women and men at F1 and the FIA, who have the very best interests of our sport at heart.

“However, this episode has so far taken place without transparency or accountability. I received online abuse about my work and my family. I will not allow myself to be intimidated and intend to follow up until I have found out who has instigated this campaign and misled the media. What happened this week is simply not good enough. As a sport, we must demand, and we deserve, better.”

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