Smaller Formula one teams must decide on EU complaint

Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:12am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's struggling smaller teams have been told they will have to take action if they want the European Commission to investigate concerns about the sport's governance and distribution of revenues.

Anneliese Dodds, a member of the European parliament for Britain's opposition Labour party, visited the Force India factory at Silverstone on Friday and said it was up to the teams to press their grievances.

"The Commissioner in charge has made it clear to me that she can't do anything until the teams themselves submit a formal complaint, and so if that's what the teams feel is right then that is what they should do," she said.

Dodds has written on several occasions to Margrethe Vestager, the commissioner responsible for competition, to express concerns that developments in Formula One could potentially be in breach of European law.

"Ever since the collapse of Marussia and Caterham last year, I have had real concerns about the way things are going with Formula One," the parliamentarian said in a statement.

"This doesn't just mean two fewer teams taking part in races throughout the season; it means hundreds of highly skilled people in my constituency losing their jobs and their livelihoods."

While Caterham no longer exist, tail-enders Marussia are still competing after a late rescue.

Others are also struggling, with Lotus having a winding-up petition against them postponed earlier this week while Force India's pre-season testing was hit by cash-flow problems.   Continued...