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Wolff rules out FIA "backroom deal"

Wolff rules out FIA "backroom deal"

Wolff rules out FIA "backroom deal"

Wolff rules out FIA "backroom deal"

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has dismissed the possibility of a 'backroom deal' with the FIA with "most stakeholders" sharing his frustrations after the events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In the wake of the F1 season-ending race and the controversial manner in which the championship was settled, the FIA released a statement blaming a "significant misunderstanding" for the "reactions from Formula 1 teams, drivers and fans, [in] an argument that is currently tarnishing the image of the championship".

Concerns over Ferrari's engine in 2019 were raised to the FIA, with a behind-closed-doors settlement being agreed.

Asked if he is confident the events of Abu Dhabi will not be dealt with in an equally secretive manner, Wolff explained: “I think in this day and age of transparency, such decisions cannot be made anymore in backroom deals.

"And why I am optimistic is that most stakeholders in the sport will share my frustration on the decisions that have been made all throughout the year.

“Everyone who is a racer, you guys [the media], us, knows what happened.

“Nevertheless, I have confidence because we will be all pulling on the same rope in the same directions.

"The teams and I have feedback from the teams and the drivers, I had assurances Peter Bayer [FIA secretary-general for motor sport] and Stefano [Domenicali - F1 CEO] that in the next weeks and months, we will close the gaps that have opened up more and more over the last few years.”

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