EU may in­ves­ti­gate F1 af­ter com­plaints by Force In­dia and Sauber

The Herald - Sport - - FINAL SAY - PHILIP DUN­CAN

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.”

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