Axed Caterham staff to commence legal action against team
Former Caterham staff who were axed following the recent takeover of the F1 team are set to commence legal action against the organisation and its new owners.
The Caterham F1 Team was sold by Tony Fernandes to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors earlier this month, who in an effort to streamline costs, cut more than 40 staff ahead of the German Grand Prix, including senior figures such as head of track operations Gerry Hughes, deputy technical director Jody Eggington and team manager Graham Watson.
However, the group of former staff have signalled their intent to open legal proceedings against Caterham’s new owners, to fight what they deem the illegal nature of their dismissal, as well as pressing the FIA to investigate the nature of team’s actions in the wake of its recent sale.
“The summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team,” reads a statement released on behalf of the group of ex-Caterham employees.
“Caterham has also reneged on promises that the employees would at least be paid in July. Lawyers for the group will take immediate action.
“It is understood that the employees, many of whom have supported the F1 team during its four years in the championship, will be requesting the FIA – as a responsible regulator – to fully investigate the F1 team’s conduct and the circumstances in relation to its recent change of ownership.”
The Caterham team is yet to issue a formal response in light of the oncoming legal action.
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Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July 2013 as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. Following a promotion, Dan has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at four grands prix. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaining his own modest blog.