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HRT launches Caterham complaint

HRT asks the FIA to look in Caterham's 2010 car after High Court ruling
HRT has asked the FIA to look into whether Caterham – then running as Lotus Racing – was able to benefit from using parts based on Force India designs back in 2010.

In late 2009, Force India ended its working relationship with Aerolab, which then started work with Caterham – then Lotus – just days later.

Force India claimed that the Lotus T127 had featured a large number of parts copied from Force India's design and although the court stated that the intellectual property rights had been used as a 'shortcut' it threw out claims that there has been 'systematic copying' of the design – although Caterham was still fined €25,000 for its use of intellectual property.

Force India has already said it will appeal against the ruling – arguing that the compensation awarded isn't representative of the breach in regulations that occurred – while Marussia Racing is also reported to have raised the matter with the FIA.

HRT are now set to follow suit and could gain the most financially if Caterham was excluded from the 2010 for a breach of the rules – as it would then be promoted into tenth place.

"HRT has made an enquiry to the FIA to review the judgement in respect of the UK High Court civil case against Caterham," a team spokesperson revealed to ESPNF1. "HRT will take any measures that may be considered appropriate.

“If there have been any illicit moves that may have been beneficial for some and detrimental for our team, HRT will obviously take a stand against it."


Tagged as: FIA , Force India F1 , HRT , Lotus , aerolab , Caterham

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sodesu

April 10, 2012 12:10 PM

Those things have nothing to do with it though. We know that HRT have very limited resources, so if this could mean that they climb one place higher in the ranking that would be a substantial gain to them. Why would they not pursue this? They need more resources to stay alive, let alone to develop. What do you think they should do? Quit? Quitters don't become winners. Read up on your F1 history before you make comments like these, you could learn a lot there. The first year Williams did in F1 they entered a customer March chassis which was outdated, slow and failed to score a single point. From that they somehow managed to win several world titles. Might I also add, legal battles are not about who has the most money FFS. WTF does their budgets have to do with it? If there was an infraction of rights then they should be punished, regardless of whether they have more money then FIF1 and HRT!

flyingacedude - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 10:29 AM

Really HRT, really?! You're worried about *that* being detrimental to your team? Its a waste of time, Caterham have far more money than HRT and Force India as well by the looks of how Vijay's businesses are performing so a legal battle would probably yield little gain. Also if you pay someone to develop parts for you, then stop paying them to develop it - does that mean that they can never develop parts again because it could be based loosely on something that could have been on your car. The sooner HRT pack up and leave F1 the better.



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