Fred Vasseur claims FIA’s probe into the Wolffs was “embarrassing” for F1

Ferrari Team Principal Fred Vasseur sided with the Wolff couple over the 'conflict of interest' saga from FIA.


Fred Vasseur claims FIA’s probe into the Wolffs was “embarrassing” for F1

Fred Vasseur [L] Toto Wolff [R] (via IMAGO)

In the recent week, FIA announced a potential ‘conflict of interest’ with the Wolff couple involving Toto Wolff and Susie Wolff. The short-lived controversy was subsequently dropped in less than 48 hours after the major backlash from the entire F1 community against the probe. Hence, Ferrari principal Fred Vasseur has decided to share his piece of mind over the status quo.

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The French boss claimed that the entire story involving the Wolff couple was ‘quite embarrassing’ for the sport. In addition to this, Vasseur insisted that the saga started due to an article in a newspaper about an individual. He mentioned how they have to take care of what they [the media] are publishing and saying about the entire situation.

I think this story is quite embarrassing for our sport, The story started with an article in a newspaper, I don't know if newspaper is the right word. And I think in this situation when you are speaking about an individual, you have to take care of what you are saying.
Vasseur said, as reported by motorsport.com.

Speaking over the status quo, Vasseur further commented on the two announcements from the FIA over the matter. According to the 55-year-old, FIA did not need to take 24 hours between the first and the second announcements. Rather, they should have used the first 24 hours to investigate the matter before revealing the entire probe to the public.

I think it would have been appropriate from the FIA; they needed 24 hours between the [first] announcement and the second announcement. It would have made sense to use the 24 hours before the first announcement [to investigate], to avoid any bad conclusions.

Fred Vasseur claimed that the Wolff saga showed unity between teams

The entire two-day controversy was not all bad as Fred Vasseur highlighted the positive part of the entire saga. According to the principal, the incident of last week united all the teams on the grid for the very least. Moreover, Vasseur asserted that this was the first time that Red Bull was supportive of Toto Wolff in any situation.

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Fred Vasseur and Toto Wolff
Fred Vasseur and Toto Wolff (via Planetf1).

In addition to this, It was great for teams to take a solid stance on the matter and discuss the entire situation with the stakeholders in the wake of any such controversy. This was the first time that all the teams united with each other and showed something like this according to Vasseur.

Everyone on the grid has highly denigrated the entire Wolff-saga and revealed a lot of anomalies within the FIA. The governing body urgently needs to recheck the entire situation and ensure that it never repeats such incidents, for the sake of the sport and the entire body.

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