FIA drops controversial investigation against Toto Wolff and Susie Wolff for ‘conflict of interest’

The FIA have now dropped the compliance department investigation into Toto and Susie Wolff.


FIA drops controversial investigation against Toto Wolff and Susie Wolff for ‘conflict of interest’

The last few days have seen the Formula 1 world blow up in huge turmoil as all the news has only been about Toto Wolff and his wife Susie. While the two are often regarded as the power couple of Formula 1, they got involved in some controversy as the motorsport magazine Business F1 alleged that they are privy to insider information about the Formula One Management. As Toto is the Chief of the Mercedes AMG Patronas team and Susie Wolff heads the F1 Academy series, the two of them are employees under the FOM.

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Thus, the FIA launched an investigation into the activities of Toto Wolff and Susie Wolff to determine whether they have any ‘conflict of interest’ with the FOM. Mercedes quickly released a statement addressing the issue as they blamed the FIA for not even informing the team before announcing publicly that they would be investigating into the affairs of the Wolffs. And Susie Wolff completely blasted the allegations by bringing misogyny into the picture as she claimed her being a female made her susceptible to such blatant allegations.

And even though all the F1 teams only offered radio silence when the Mercedes Boss and his wife got involved in the turmoil, they did release identical statements almost a day after the FIA announced their investigation. They addressed the question of whether they had complained against the Wolffs and completely denied having any part in the ongoing conflict between FIA and the power couple. After a lot of back-and-forth between the different parties, it was announced recently that the compliance department of the FIA is dropping the investigations.

The FIA can confirm that there is no ongoing investigation in terms of ethical or disciplinary inquiries involving any individual.
FIA’s latest statement said, as reported by SkySports F1.

Susie Wolff blasted the allegations placed against her by claiming the complainants are ‘misogynistic’

Susie Wolff is seen as a pioneer in the field of motorsports for females since the Scottish former racer has always been vocal about this issue. She helms the F1 Academy series, which is exclusively for the women racers. But her name got involved in the conflict with the FIA since they placed her in the suspect list for a potential ‘conflict of interest’ as Business F1 alleged that Susie and her husband Toto might have eyes and ears inside the FOM quarters.

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Susie Wolff (via Imago)

Susie Wolff was evidently livid at the allegations against her as she released a lengthy statement claiming that she felt insulted that her integrity was being called into question.

In other news, Toto Wolff did not comment on the entire fiasco involving him and his wife and the FIA. But he did talk about the targets Mercedes aim to achieve in the upcoming F1 season as he confirmed they would be taking a conventional approach for developing the car rather than a bold one. It remains to be seen if Mercedes can finally come up with a machine that helps them beat Red Bull or if they disappoint once again just like the last two years.

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