Susie Wolff takes legal action against FIA as Mercedes boss’ wife issues strong statement

After registering a criminal complaint against the FIA, Susie Wolff has made her voice known.

Following the FIA’s contentious investigation into a possible conflict of interest in December of last year, Susie Wolff has filed a criminal complaint against the organization that oversees Formula One. The 41-year-old is the managing director of the F1 Academy in addition to being married to Toto Wolff, the principal of the Mercedes team.

With Toto Wolff leading the Mercedes F1 team and Susie Wolff leading the F1 Academy, a racing championship exclusively for women, the FIA opened an investigation late last year into allegations that the two’s relationship constituted a conflict of interest.

Following claims made in a magazine, the FIA made public its investigation into alleged “confidential information” being passed from one party to another without notifying Mercedes, F1, or the Wolffs.

After just two days, the investigation was abruptly terminated, with the governing body stating that they were “satisfied” that the necessary procedures had been followed. F1 and Mercedes executives issued statements critiquing the way the debacle was managed.

Wolff has now come out and warned high-ranking officials that their “silence” will not absolve them. “It is true that I personally lodged a criminal complaint with the French authorities concerning the remarks the FIA made about me in December,” the woman posted on Instagram.

“Transparency and accountability regarding the actions of the FIA and its employees in this case remain lacking.

“I think it’s more crucial than ever to speak up, condemn bad behavior, and ensure that those responsible are held accountable. Silence does not release one from responsibility, despite what some people may believe.”

Although the FIA was quick to announce their brief investigation into the Wolffs, they have not yet made it known whether they are looking into allegations made against Christian Horner, the CEO of Red Bull.

That’s even though Horner, who disputes any wrongdoing, has been cleared by the multibillion-dollar beverage company Red Bull, despite the fact that the female employee at the center of the scandal reportedly filed an official complaint with the FIA.

“In general, we are unable to confirm the receipt of any specific complaint and it is unlikely that we will be able to provide further comment on the complaints that we may receive from any parties,” the director of the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA) stated last week.

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