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Lewis Hamilton unleashes attack on FIA as Brit demands major changes in F1

Lewis Hamilton has blasted the FIA for a lack of ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ after F1 Academy director Susie Wolff filed a lawsuit against the sport’s governing body.

Wolff was placed at the centre of an FIA probe in December after the governing body started investigating a potential conflict of interests between herself and her husband Toto. 

However, after the rest of the paddock came out in defence of Wolff and denied complaining about their relationship, the FIA backed down from their investigation. Now, Susie has launched a criminal complaint against the organisation in the French courts.

“There has still not been any transparency or accountability in relation to the conduct of the FIA and its personnel in this matter,” she wrote in a statement ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

“I feel more than ever it is important to stand up, call out improper behaviour and make sure people are held to account. Whilst some may think silence absolves them from responsibility – it does not.”

This move garnered support from Hamilton, who spoke out ahead of the race in Melbourne. “Firstly, I’m incredibly proud of Susie,” he said. “She’s so brave. She stands for such great values. She’s such a leader.

“In a world where often people are silenced, for her to be standing up sends such a great message. I love that she’s taking it out of this world, filing it from outside, because there is a real lack of accountability here within this sport, within the FIA.

“Things that are happening behind closed doors, there is no transparency, there is clearly no accountability. How can you trust the sport and what is happening here if you didn’t have that?

“Hopefully, this stand that she’s taken now will create change, have a positive impact, and especially for women. We’re living in the time where the message is ‘If you file a complaint, you’ll be fired.’

“That is a terrible narrative to be projecting to the world. So, especially when we’re talking about inclusivity here in the sport, we need to make sure that we’re staying true to the core values here.”

Elsewhere, the FIA ethics committee unanimously cleared president Mohammed Ben Sulayem of any wrongdoing after a whistleblower claimed that he had attempted to revert a penalty at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and pushed for the Las Vegas circuit not to be classified ahead of last year’s race. 

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