Horner leads denials as F1 teams claim they were not behind Wolff complaints

Red Bull’s Christian Horner led a flurry of denials from F1 teams that they complained about Toto Wolff or Susie Wolff, amid the FIA’s investigation.
(L to R): Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing
(L to R): Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive…

Governing body the FIA announced on Tuesday it was investigating allegations of a conflict of interest reportedly involving the Wolffs, who were named by Business F1. 

The magazine claimed rival team bosses had raised concerns that the Mercedes team principal and the F1 Academy managing director were sharing confidential information from their respective employers. 

But Red Bull chief Horner has moved to firmly deny any involvement from his team. 

The following identical statement was then released by all the teams: "We can confirm that we have not made any complaint to the FIA regarding the allegation of information of a confidential nature being passed between an F1 Team Principal and a member of FOM staff. We are pleased and proud to support F1 Academy and its managing director through our commitment to sponsor an entrant in our livery from next season."

Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director on the grid. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 22, Las
Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director on the…

Previously Horner told Sky Sports News: “Look, we have a rivalry on track but we haven’t raised any official complaint either about Susie, or Toto, or Mercedes, to the FIA.

“In fact, Red Bull has been the team that has got most involved in F1 Academy since its inception, to the point that between the two Red Bull teams we’ll be entering three cars.

“So we’ve been working closely with Susie, whose been doing a great job with F1 Academy. So I think we, like others, were quite surprised by the statement that came out last night.

“But it certainly wasn’t instigated or required or set off by Red Bull.”

When pressed if anyone inside the Red Bull family, including sister team AlphaTauri, had expressed concerns, Horner insisted: “As I said, we’ve not raised any official complaint or made any request to the FIA or to FOM.” 

He added: “As far as the other teams, I can’t talk on behalf of others. 

“This is an FIA thing, they’ve taken action but as I say, certainly nothing to do with Red Bull.”

Mercedes had already denied Toto Wolff's involvement in this saga, while Susie Wolff dismissed claims as "mysonigistic". 

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