The FIA introduced on Tuesday that its compliance department was investigating a potential conflict of interest over the passing of knowledge between a member of FOM personnel and a group principal.
“The FIA is conscious of media hypothesis centred on the allegation of knowledge of a confidential nature being handed to an F1 group principal from a member of FOM personnel,” mentioned the assertion. “The FIA Compliance Division is trying into the matter.”
It’s understood that this was in reference to a report suggesting that group principals had complained to the FIA about there being a possible battle of curiosity between Toto Wolff, the boss of the Mercedes group, and spouse Susie over the switch of knowledge.
However Mercedes has robustly defended Wolff over what it says are “unsubstantiated allegations” and revealed that it has had no communication with the governing physique concerning the matter.
“We observe the generic assertion from the FIA this night, which responds to unsubstantiated allegations from a single media outlet, and the off-record briefing which has linked it to the Group Principal of Mercedes-AMG F1,” it mentioned.
“The Group has acquired no communication from the FIA Compliance Division on this matter and it was extremely shocking to study of the investigation by way of a media assertion.
“We wholly reject the allegation within the assertion and related media protection, which wrongly impinges on the integrity and compliance of our Group Principal.”
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George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, with Toto Wolff, Group Principal and CEO, Mercedes-AMG, engineers
Mercedes mentioned it will hyperlink a swift decision to the matter involving the FIA and full transparency on the investigation.
It added: “As a matter after all, we invite full, immediate, and clear correspondence from the FIA Compliance Division relating to this investigation and its contents.”
The FIA Compliance Division has been referred to as into motion already this season when Lance Stroll was investigated after the Qatar Grand Prix for pushing his coach after an early exit from qualifying.
The Canadian subsequently acquired a proper warning and apologised for his behaviour.