Vasseur: Red Bull’s Support for Toto Wasn’t Easy

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and F1 Academy managing director Susie Wolff are seeking answers about who made allegations of conflicts of interest against them, despite the FIA considering the matter settled; all nine competitors of Mercedes’ F1 team denied involvement, leading Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur to comment on the unusual unity among the teams.


‣ The Mercedes team boss and F1 Academy managing director, Toto and Susie Wolff, are keen to know who is behind the allegations of alleged conflicts of interest.
‣ All nine competitors of Mercedes’ F1 team released a statement denying involvement in the allegations against the Wolff family.
‣ Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur highlighted the unity among the teams in response to the incident, which is unusual in the competitive world of Formula 1.
‣ Vasseur criticized the FIA’s handling of the matter, suggesting that they should have conducted an investigation before informing the media.

The FIA may have closed the book, but Toto and Susie Wolff aren’t done yet. As the Mercedes team boss and F1 Academy managing director, they’re itching to find out who’s behind the conflict of interest allegations. Formula 1 is in a tizzy over it. One thing’s clear, though: the F1 teams are singing from the same hymn sheet, denying any involvement.

Mercedes’ F1 team rivals? They all said, “Not us!” That was the day after the FIA decided to poke around the Wolff family. Ferrari’s team boss, Fred Vasseur, found this unity a bit odd. He spilled the beans to the media last week, with the Italian Motorsport crew in attendance.

Vasseur’s Take on Team Unity

Vasseur reckons the silver lining in last week’s cloud was the unity among the teams. “We managed to pull together, which is a rare sight,” he said. Even Red Bull had Toto’s back, which Vasseur found amusing. He thinks it’s a good talking point for the shareholders. “It’s the first time the teams have shown such unity and direction,” he added.

But Vasseur’s not thrilled with how the FIA handled things. He called it a “black mark on our sport”. He thinks the federation should’ve done their homework before alerting the media. Instead, they put the cart before the horse, announcing the investigation and then, a day later, saying there was no need for further probing.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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