|Jules Bianchi and Philippe Streiff in better times.|
This follows on from its indefensible actions against former F1 doc Gary Hartstein, whose personal blog the organisation found intrusive enough to attempt to have him removed from his post at the University Hospital of Liege.
The most recent action against Strieff comes as a result of the Frenchman's complaints about the report made by the board of enquiry setup to look into the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi's accident and further treatment. Streiff calls it a whitewash, claiming that the panel was a group of the FIA's friends called together to ensure that no blame can be attached to the organisation.
Hartstein also has concerns about the report. He points out that there's a clear conflict of interest for half of the members of the panel. He's also concerned that out of a 300-page report submitted by the panel only a two-page summary has been released to the public. Both of those facts clearly show that Strieff's comments aren't entirely without foundation.
Hartstein questions some of the conclusions around the post accident care, particularly the time and method of transport of the patient to hospital, and whether all of the FIAs own regulations were followed.
For Streiff this almost certainly has some personal relevance. He was rendered tetraplegic following a testing accident in Rio in 1989, and at the time there were questions raised about the quality of care he received and how that impacted on his medical outcome.
Hartstein's troubles with the FIA relate to posts he has made on his personal blog deciphering the various announcements about Michael Schumacher's condition since his skiing accident over a year ago. Given all of the uninformed nonsense that has been published it has been useful to read the thoughts of a medical practitioner who has experience of the sport.
The FIA sent a representative to Hartstein's place of work and allegedly attempted to have him dismissed on the basis of these personal blog posts. The full story is outlined on Hartstein's blog here.
In both cases the disparity between cause and effect is significant.
As a result the FIA needs to disclose the full report and evidence to the public.
In the other matter, it appears the close personal relationship between Jean Todt, head of the FIA, and Michael Schumacher, has clouded the judgement of the organisation.
In neither case does the FIA cover itself in glory.