Last Wednesday (05), according to information released by Business F1 Magazine, Susie and Toto Wolff are being investigated for being responsible for leaking confidential information in meetings with team leaders. Due to speculation, the case is being analyzed by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
Amid the repercussions, Mercedes issued an official statement: “We note the generic statement from the FIA this evening, which responds to unfounded allegations from a single media outlet, and also the unofficial statement that linked them to the head of the Mercedes team (Toto Wolff). The team has not received any communication from the FIA Compliance Department regarding this matter, and it was highly surprising to learn of the investigation through a press statement”.
“We completely reject the allegation contained in the statement and the associated press coverage, which unfairly impacts the integrity and integrity of our chief of staff. Naturally, we request a complete, immediate and transparent response from the FIA Compliance Department regarding this investigation and its contents”, concluded the statement.
In justification, the FIA stated that it was aware of the allegations made by the businessman and that “information of a confidential nature was passed to a Formula 1 team director by a personal member of Formula One Management”. Due to this, as mentioned above, the case is being analyzed by the Institution’s Compliance Department.
Formula 1, also in a statement, claimed that it had not been notified by the FIA. “We have full confidence that the allegations are wrong and we have robust processes and procedures that ensure the security of information and accountability in the event of any potential conflict of interest. We are confident that no member of our team has made any unauthorized disclosure to a team director and we warn everyone not to make reckless and serious unsubstantiated allegations.”