To be honest this isn’t the first time there have been accusations thrown at the credibility of the sport’s management.
Bernie admitted that he charged Mclaren 100 million in spygate fines only due to a personal bias against Ron Dennis. Renault was accused of the same thing next year, and no action was taken against Bernie’s buddy Flavio.
We have seen time and again the influence that Ferrari has had in bending, or changing, the rules as well. Getting team orders legalised, or banning innovations of their competitors has become really common.
I guess the point is that a bribe is not the only metric for measuring corruption in a sport. There have been enough scandals over the past 2 or 3 decades for us to know that the governing of the sport is unethical and corrupt.