Connect with us

2015 F1

European Commission still ‘assessing’ F1 teams’ complaint

Published

on


European Commission still 'assessing' F1 teams' complaint

European Commission still ‘assessing’ F1 teams’ complaint

The risk of an investigation into F1’s structure by the European Commission is still hanging over the sport.

“We have received a complaint,” a spokesman confirmed to the Telegraph, “and will assess it.”

The complaint was lodged recently by Force India and Sauber, two financially-struggling midfield teams who bemoan the unfairness of Bernie Ecclestone’s income distribution system and the rule-making strategy group.

And it is being egged on by a senior European parliamentarian, Anneliese Dodds, who urges the Commission to intervene.

“Following complaints within the sport of F1, the EU must take the lead on a sport loved by many across Europe,” she told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt.

The Telegraph report said there is a risk an investigation would put the brakes on the looming sale of the sport’s commercial rights, but F1 supremo Ecclestone insists he is not worried.

“No. For us, no,” he told the BBC recently.

“The payments we make to the teams, they are in contracts,” Ecclestone added, “and everybody knows what everybody else is paid. There’s no secrets.”

Sauber chief Monisha Kaltenborn, however, argues that the ‘non-privileged teams’ were given take-it-or-leave-it proposals.

Asked if one solution would be to simply tear up those contracts and start again, Ecclestone told the German broadcaster ZDF in a joint interview with former FIA president Max Mosley this week: “If everybody agrees, yes.

“But no one will agree to take less money, and give it to another team. So I would say it’s impossible.

“Unless there’s a rule somewhere that it’s anti-competitive. I understand some of the teams are complaining to the European Commission.

“But there are lots of things that are anti-competitive for the teams in formula one, so they’ve got a lot of complaints than just the amount of money.

“And if all of them – as Max just said – are on a level playing field, there should be no complaints. They all then could do the same thing,” said Ecclestone, referring to Mosley’s proposal of a budget cap in F1. (GMM)

Loading...

Advertisement
ThisisF1.com does not accept abusive behavior or harassing language in comments.
Please respect other users.
Click to comment

2018 F1 Launch







Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment. All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media