Susie Wolff: I might have been collateral damage

Susie Wolff: I might have been collateral damage

Susie Wolff: I might have been collateral damage

Susie Wolff commented on the FIA statement after the governing body shelved an investigation regarding a conflict of interest situation concerning the F1 Academy director and her husband, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

The FIA announced earlier this week they were looking into allegations that a Formula 1 team boss has received confidential information from an employee with the sport’s commercial rights holder.

The statement caused a storm within the F1 community with all teams denying any of them was the source of the tip to the FIA, while Susie Wolff responded staunchly to the claims it was her involved in the matter with here husband Toto.

Less the 48 hours later, the FIA simply issued another statement claiming the investigation was over and that they were satisfied with the compliance management systems within the Formula 1 One Management.

Susie Wolff took to social media to respond on the FIA’s decision to drop the probe and said: “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 through background briefings, but nobody from the FIA has spoken to me directly.

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

Wolff: Extremely thankful for the unified support of the F1 teams

“We have come a long way as a sport,” Wolff went on. “I was extremely thankful for the unified support of the Formula One 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 have 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,” the F1 Academy Managing Director concluded.

Mercedes also commented on their social media and said: “We understand that there is significant media interest in the events of this week. We are currently in active legal exchange with the FIA.

“We await full transparency about what took place and why, and have expressly reserved all legal rights.

“Therefore we ask for your understanding that we will not be commenting officially for now, but we will certainly address the matter in due course,” the Mercedes statement concluded.

IP Geolocation by geoPlugin