Formula One is set to introduce a $145 million
budget cap for the 10 teams next year, with whistle-blowing seen
as a component of that.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Tuesday
the new platform https://fia-ethicsline.com/index.php would help
safeguard "the integrity and reputation of motorsport and
automobile mobility worldwide".
The main areas concern violations of the FIA's ethical
principles, issues related to sporting integrity and/or
manipulation of competitions and anti-doping regulations.
Full confidentiality will be assured. The FIA also warned that
anyone found to have intentionally made a false or misleading
claim to create harm could face disciplinary measures, including
Formula One had a controversy last season when the legality of
Ferrari's engine was under scrutiny, with Italian media
suggesting a whistleblower had made allegations.
The FIA and Ferrari eventually reached a confidential
settlement, to the anger of rival teams.
The budget cap is due to be reduced further to $140 million in
2022 and $135 million from 2023.
Formula One has a history of whistleblowers providing important
A 2009 race-fixing scandal, when Renault were found to have
ordered Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash deliberately to
help team mate Fernando Alonso win, featured a whistleblower
"Witness X" who had been aware of the plan and opposed it.
"The teams have, in a very crude sense, this internal policing
going on because they know that this engineer will move to
another team next season and you won't be able to retain that
information," Formula One's managing director for motorsport
Ross Brawn told SportsPro in March.
"So there's self-policing, there's a whistleblowing system, and
there's a strong group of auditors."
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)
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