Force In­dia Aren’t Revving it Up

The Economic Times - - Sports - Alan Bald­win

Force In­dia are wait­ing for For­mula One's 2017 rules to be fi­nalised be­fore tak­ing the next step in their com­plaint to the Euro­pean Union about how the sport is run and rev­enues dis­trib­uted. "We're not look­ing at mov­ing that for­ward un­til the end of the month, un­til we've seen all the changes that come in and we know ex­actly where things are," deputy team prin­ci­pal Bob Fern­ley told Reuters. Force In­dia, con­trolled by In­dian mag­nate Vi­jay Mallya, and Swiss ri­vals Sauber filed a joint com­plaint last Septem­ber ask­ing the EU com­pe­ti­tion au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the sport's gover­nance. Both teams be­lieve For­mula One is in breach of ar­ti­cles that pro­hibit car­tels and the abuse of dom­i­nant mar­ket po­si­tions.

At stake is the amount of money top teams like Fer­rari re­ceive from the com­mer­cial rights holder as well as their in­flu­ence on de­ci­sion mak­ing, with the pos­si­bil­ity that con­tracts will have to be re­drawn. "We sub­mit­ted our com­plaint. The com­plaint has then gone to CVC (com­mer­cial rights hold­ers). CVC have re­sponded back (to the EU), which we have a copy of, and then we have to re­ply again to that fi­nal part of it," Fern­ley said. "Then they'll look at it. It's go­ing through the process." The sport's core Strat­egy Group of gov­ern­ing body, six top teams and com­mer­cial rights holder agreed in Fe­bru­ary to post­pone to April 30 the dead­line for fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the 2017 sport­ing and tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions.

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