EU may investigate F1 after complaints by Force India and Sauber
FORMULA ONE faces a possible investigation by the European Union after both Force India and Sauber lodged official complaints about the way the sport is governed.
The two teams are unhappy with how prize money is distributed and believe it to be skewed in favour of the sport’s most-established teams.
Both are also reportedly unhappy not to be included in the rule-making F1 strategy group which consists of Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams, as well as Bernie Ecclestone, the sport’s commercial rightsholder and FIA president Jean Todt.
A team statement released by Force India yesterday morning read: “Sahara Force India is one of two teams to have registered a complaint with the European Union questioning the governance of Formula One and showing that the system of dividing revenues and determining how Formula One’s rules are set is both unfair and unlawful.”
Force India are fifth in the constructors’ standings with 77 points while Sauber are eighth with 26 points and both have outscored McLaren this season.
If the European Union take on the case it could change how the sport is governed and the way prize money is distributed.
Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean has been unveiled as the lead driver of new F1 team Haas for 2016. The American outfit, who have a technical tie-up with Ferrari, made the announcement from their Kannapolis headquarters in North America.
Grosjean joins Haas, who will make their grand prix debut at the season opener in Australia next year, after four seasons at Lotus.
The newly-formed outfit were created by Gene Haas, co-owner of the StewartHaas NASCAR team, and while their base is in America they will also work out of Banbury in Oxfordshire.
“What Gene Haas and everyone at Haas F1 Team is building is impressive, and I’m very proud to be a part of it,” Grosjean said.
“Formula One is incredibly competitive and the only way to succeed is by finding new ways of doing things.
“This is a new opportunity with a new team that is taking a very different approach to Formula One. I believe in their approach and they believe in me.
“While I am committed to giving my absolute best to my current team in these last five races, I am very excited for what the future holds at Haas F1 Team.”