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Toto Wolff slams FIA's controversial probe: 'Great damage' to family reputation

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff expressed his discontent with the FIA's investigation into an alleged conflict of interest involving him and his wife, Susie Wolff.

The inquiry, initiated in December last year, raised concerns about confidential information being exchanged within the Wolff family.

In a recent interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, Wolff criticized the FIA's handling of the situation, stating that the swift opening and subsequent closing of the investigation within two days caused "great damage" to his family's reputation. He emphasized the need for transparency in the sport, especially considering the millions of people who closely follow Formula 1.

"We have millions of people watching us, so we should always be examples for what we say and what we do," Wolff asserted. Reflecting on the impact of the investigation, he highlighted the challenge of maintaining professionalism in the face of such controversies.

Wolff also spoke about his wife Susie's resilience in the face of adversity, stating, "I cannot speak for Susie, but she is a person who does not give up; she possesses great perseverance. It is not the first time she has confronted a difficult situation, and she will go to the end in any court case."

The Mercedes chief expressed concern about the lasting effects of the investigation on Susie's reputation, noting that the issue immediately surfaces when her name is searched online. "The bullet has come out of the gun, and you can't put it back in," Wolff remarked, underscoring the irreparable damage caused by the brief but impactful controversy.

As the curtain falls on the thrilling 2023 season, Formula 1 enthusiasts anticipate the upcoming 2024 season. Teams and drivers will regroup for the official F1 pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir from February 23 to 25. The 5.412-kilometre track, known for hosting the Bahrain Grand Prix, will set the stage for a renewed battle for supremacy among the teams as they unveil their potential for the new season.

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