The main Formula 1 racing clubs deny that they have lodged a complaint with the FIA about Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and his wife Susie Wolff, the boss of the F1 Academy.
The FIA announced on Tuesday that it would be investigating conflicts of interest in Formula 1 following a report in Business F1 magazine. Toto Wolff is said to have passed confidential information from team principal meetings to Susie Wolff, who, as manager of the F1 Academy, attends Formula 1 commercial rights holder (FOM) meetings.
“We are great rivals on the track, but we have not lodged a complaint. Not about Toto, not about Susie,” said team boss Christian Horner of Red Bull, the team of world champion Max Verstappen, on Sky Sports. “The FIA announcement surprised us, but we had nothing to do with it.”
An official statement from Red Bull followed shortly after. Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin and Haas issued similar statements via the F1 Academy and support manager Wolff.
F1 Academy is a Formula 1 talent class for female drivers. Next year, all ten teams will participate in the championship with a car and a driver.
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Susie Wolff issued a statement earlier Wednesday in which she denied being involved in a conflict of interest in Formula 1. “It is unfortunate that my integrity is being called into question in this way. The accusations seem to be based on my marital status instead of my knowledge,” he said.
Mercedes reacted angrily to the FIA’s move. “We are considering the message from the FIA, which is responding to the baseless accusations from one media outlet,” the spokesperson replied.
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