Following drivers’ outcry over the use of a recovery vehicle on the track in torrential rain during last month’s Japanese Grand Prix, the FIA promised a full investigation, the findings of which were reported less than two weeks later at the United States Grand Prix. were released.
In the wake of Suzuka, a number of steps were introduced, such as ending the rotation of race directors for the remainder of the 2022 season, as well as promising changes to the Virtual Safety Car procedure going forward.
It marked the latest set of changes made by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and his government, with Wolff praising the transparency and openness shown since the change of leadership in December last year.
“We have had a new government since December and things have changed,” Mercedes F1 boss Wolff said in Mexico.
“New people have come on board, and I believe that as long as there is progress and development and openness it will get better.
“In my conversations with the president, there is the eagerness to learn and analyze it. You can see the document that was released after the [Pierre] Gasly incident, there is full transparency and no embarrassment to also point out the situation that can be improved.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO, Formula 1, Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, Mohammed bin Sulayem, Chairman, FIA
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“I just had a conversation with [Ben Sulayem] a few days ago, and he said you should always give us your opinion and opinion about the drivers, and I think that’s a good first step.
“Will it ever be perfect? No, because we learn all the time.”
Ben Sulayem’s administration has faced several challenges in its opening year, including the changes to race control in the wake of last year’s controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi and, more recently, the exceeding of Red Bull’s budget cap.
Wolff praised the FIA for its approach to the budget cap saga, telling Mexico TBEN that it made sure “nothing was brushed under the carpet” with his statement.
In an article written for TBEN earlier this week, Ben Sulayem pledged the FIA’s support in fighting online abuse, which he said had reached a “crisis point”.
This includes using AI software to root out abuse through the FIA’s channels, as well as working closely with social media platforms to fight trolls.