Susie Wolff has expressed her hope that, by March, there is “a governing body with sporting integrity” back in charge of Formula 1.
The CEO of Venturi Racing in Formula E shares a very close connection with the Mercedes team with her husband, Toto, the co-owner and team principal of the Mercedes Formula 1 team.
The key members of the Mercedes camp have been silent following a statement of intent to appeal the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result on Sunday night.
But with Mercedes now officially withdrawing that appeal, that silence is now being broken.
— Susie Wolff (@Susie_Wolff) December 16, 2021
In an emotional statement posted on Twitter, Susie Wolff said she was still in “utter disbelief” after witnessing Lewis Hamilton being “robbed” of an eighth World Championship title.
And while she, just like the Mercedes team, congratulated Max Verstappen on his title success, there was no such respect shown towards those in charge of Sunday’s hugely controversial finish.
“Going into this final race weekend, I believed both teams and both drivers deserved to win,” Susie Wolff posted on Twitter.
“It was going to be a spectacle, an historic race that we all hoped would end without controversy. That wasn’t to be.
“What happened is still hard to comprehend and still leaves me with a sick feeling. Not the losing – and not Max or Red Bull – they are deserving winners and we always knew it was a strong possibility we may not win – but the way in which Lewis was robbed has left me in utter disbelief.
“The decision of one person within the governing body who applied a rule in a way which has never been done before in F1 single handedly decided the F1 Driver World Championship.
“Rules are rules, they can’t be changed on a whim by one individual at the end of a race.
“Lewis Hamilton, you have shown incredible integrity and dignity in the face of injustice. You are the greatest there has ever been.
“The outcome of the last laps on Sunday? Those who know, they know, even those who can’t quite bring themselves to admit it.
“Congratulations Max and congratulations to each and every member of Mercedes-AMG F1 on your record breaking eighth constructors title.
“I hope my March of next year there is a governing body with sporting integrity and fairness at its core so I can fall back in love with F1.”
With Mercedes withdrawing their intent to appeal, Verstappen will receive the Drivers’ World Championship title at the FIA Prize Giving Gala on Thursday night.