It was a very weird day when the FIA announced they’d be investigating F1 power couple, Toto and Susie Wolff, over allegations of a conflict of interest. The Wolff’s denied it, Formula 1 denied, and shortly after every team on the grid put out the exact same statement declaring that they didn’t make the allegations. Now, just a day later, a verdict has been reached – the Wolff’s are innocent.
The Wolff’s were accused of sharing confidential information between themselves made available to them via their high-ranking positions within Formula 1 and Formula One Management.
It was rumoured that Mercedes’ rival teams made the complaint to the FIA, though their joint statements refute that (unless one of them is lying, of course). Another rumour suggested the investigation was prompted by an unsubstantiated media report, which begs the question why the FIA took it seriously. We may never know the true reason.
The FIA’s statement read: “Following a review of Formula One 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 unauthorized 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.”