Lewis Hamilton hits out at FIA over Toto Wolff investigation

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Lewis Hamilton has blasted the FIA over its handling of the investigation of Mercedes chief Toto Wolff and his wife, F1 Academy director Susie Wolff, describing the motorsport governing body’s conduct as ‘disappointing’ and ‘unacceptable’.

The 38-year-old attended an awards ceremony in Baku for the top three drivers in the Championship, with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez also attending.

Wolff‘s absence was noted, however, days after an investigation was opened by the FIA into an alleged leak of classified information between Wolff and his wife, Susie.

They later confirmed they were no longer looking into the matter, but it marked a repeat of the tension from the 2021 gala, whereby no one from Mercedes attended in protest of the controversial events in the final race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which helped Verstappen clinch his first world title.

Hamilton, who is close with Woff after working with the Austrian since joining the team in 2013, turned up to claim his award and in doing so also aimed a swipe at the FIA for taking the sport backwards.

Hamilton points the finger at Ben Sulayem

“I am very disappointed that the governing body of our championship has accused one of the great leaders, one of the most incredible leaders of our sport, Susie Wolff, of a lack of integrity, without evidence, it is unacceptable,” Hamilton said.

Lewis Hamilons“We have a lot of people doing mind-blowing work, fighting for inclusion and diversity in the sport and in F1, in the motor industry in general. But there seems to be people in the FIA leadership who, every time we take a step forward, they want to push it back.”

It is understood that although Hamilton did not directly name anyone, the Briton was firmly pointing the finger at FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the 62-year-old supremo and a former racer himself.

“This is a global sport, which travels through many countries,” the seven-time champion said. “We can be leaders of change and enjoy this responsibility that this sport also offers us, but we have to take it in the right direction.”

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