On Tuesday, the FIA announced its Compliance Department was looking into allegations made in a doubtful media report suggesting Mercedes group boss Wolff and his spouse Susie, who heads FOM’s F1 Academy, had been exchanging confidential data.
The probe took all events concerned abruptly and invoked a livid response by the Wolffs, Mercedes and F1’s management. F1 and Mercedes rejected the allegations and condemned the dearth of communication from the governing physique over its pending investigation.
Amid hypothesis that rival groups had complained to the FIA concerning the Wolffs, all 9 remaining F1 groups disputed they had been behind the probe with statements backing the pair on Wednesday.
On Thursday the FIA then backtracked and announced that there would be no formal investigation after being glad that there was no “unauthorised disclosure of confidential data”.
In an announcement launched by Mercedes on Friday, Toto Wolff stated his group was in an “energetic authorized alternate” with the governing physique after seeing his and his spouse’s popularity broken by this week’s occasions.
Given the potential authorized penalties of the row, Wolff stated there could be no additional official remark in the interim.
“We perceive that there’s vital media curiosity within the occasions of this week,” Wolff’s assertion learn.
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Toto Wolff, Group Principal and CEO, Mercedes-AMG
“We’re at present in energetic authorized alternate with the FIA.
“We await full transparency about what occurred and why, and have expressly reserved all authorized rights.
“Subsequently we ask on your understanding that we are going to not be commenting formally for now, however we will definitely deal with the matter sooner or later.”
“For 2 days, insinuations have been made about my integrity in public and thru background briefings, however no one from the FIA has spoken to me instantly,” she stated.
“I may need been collateral harm in an unsuccessful assault on any individual else, or the goal of a failed try to discredit me personally, however I’ve labored too arduous to have my popularity referred to as into query by an unfounded press launch.
She added: “This episode has to date taken place with out transparency or accountability.”