Susie Wolff, the F1 Academy’s managing director, was investigated by the FIA’s Compliance Officer, but despite the investigation being dropped, she expressed dissatisfaction with the process, claiming it lacked transparency and accountability, and vowed to find out who instigated the campaign against her.
‣ Susie Wolff, the F1 Academy’s managing director, was subjected to an investigation by the FIA’s Compliance Officer, putting her integrity under scrutiny.
‣ The FIA announced that no further investigation was being conducted after only two days.
‣ Wolff expressed dissatisfaction with the FIA’s statement, believing it to be insufficient in addressing the allegations made against her.
‣ Wolff has faced public insinuations about her integrity and online abuse about her work and family, and she intends to find out who instigated this campaign.
Suddenly, Susie Wolff found herself in the eye of a winter storm. Alongside her husband, Toto, she was thrust into the spotlight.
The F1 Academy’s managing director was now under the microscope. The FIA’s Compliance Officer had launched an investigation, putting her integrity on trial.
However, the storm seemed to pass as quickly as it had arrived. After just two days, the FIA declared that no further investigation was necessary.
But for Susie Wolff, this was far from over. She had already made her stance clear earlier in the week, posting on X. Now, she was doing so again.
The crux of her message? The motorsport federation’s summary statement on Thursday was insufficient.
“When I saw the FIA’s statement yesterday evening, my first thought was, ‘Is that all?'” she said. For two days, her integrity had been publicly questioned, and yet, no one from the FIA had spoken to her directly.
She felt like she might have been just collateral damage in an unsuccessful attack on someone else. Or perhaps, she was the target of a failed attempt to tarnish her reputation. But she had worked too hard to let an unfounded press release call her integrity into question.
“We’ve made so much progress as a sport,” she continued. She expressed gratitude for the unified support of the Formula One teams and acknowledged the passionate women and men she worked with at F1 and the FIA.
But the lack of transparency and accountability in this episode was troubling. She had been subjected to online abuse about her work and her family. She was determined not to be intimidated and intended to find out who had instigated this campaign and misled the media.
“What happened this week is simply not good enough,” she concluded. “As a sport, we must demand, and we deserve, better.”
Her statement was shared on her Twitter account, with a link to the full text. The tweet was dated December 8, 2023.