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Brabham family starts legal action

As prospective Formula One entrants wait to see if they have secured a slot on the grid for the 2010 season, the Brabham family has announced that is to take legal action against Formtech over use of the Brabham name.

Formtech is one of a number of teams hoping to secure one of the vacant slots on the grid for next season, and lodged its entry with the FIA under the Brabham Grand Prix name.

That led to the family of triple F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham issuing a statement to make it clear it had no involvement with the planned programme, and will now take legal action against Formtech for use of the name.

“It has been necessary to commence legal action against Brabham Grand Prix Limited following Formtech's application to enter the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2010 in that name,” a family statement read. “The Brabham family have made numerous approaches to Formtech with proposals to amicably resolve the situation.

“In the absence of any response from the team, the family has been left with no alternative but to issue the relevant proceedings to protect the family name, irrespective of whether Formtech is granted an entry by the FIA on Friday 12 June.

“The Brabham name has always been the property of the family and it is sad that once again steps have to be taken to protect it.”

The news follows similar claims that Group Lotus may be prepared to take action to prevent the Lotus name being used by Litespeed's proposed F1 entry,

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June 12, 2009 8:05 AM

sunny, i think that what these people bought was THE TEAM, and presumably after the team was disbanded, they lost the right to call themselves brabham or lotus. had they been operating over the last twenty years, under the team name,then they could have a right. but i do think that trying to resurrect a revered name, for no other purpose than to try and give credence to their entry, is pathetic. why cant litespeed, enter under their own name, etc?????

topdog - Unregistered

June 12, 2009 7:41 AM

I don't see the fascination for resurrecting names from the past anyway... OK, so Brabham, Lotus and March were not exactly setting the world alight in the dying days, but does any self-respecting F1 fan really want to see them coming back and trundling around at the back of the grid in 2010? Why can't these wannabes just use some original names and do things in their own right, not the reflected (faded?) glory of bygone days?

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