Fernandes spy row: Caterham could be kicked out of F1 in new scandal
08:50 GMT, 27 March 2012
Row: Tony Fernandes' Caterham-Renault team could face a fine or expulsion
Formula One is in the grip of yet another Spygate scandal which could see QPR owner Tony Fernandes’ Caterham team hit with a huge fine or even booted out of the sport.
Force India are furious that, in their opinion, Caterham copied intellectual property relating to the aerodynamic design of their 2010 car. Rival team Marussia are concerned that Caterham gained an unfair advantage when they both entered Formula One that year.
The High Court ruled last week that Aerolab — a design company used first by Force India and subsequently Caterham — must pay Force India 21,000 for misuse of confidential information as employees passed on some of their aerodynamic designs to Caterham.
Force India and Marussia believe the ruling indicates a basic infringement of the FIA’s International Sporting Code — the same article under which McLaren were charged and found guilty in the Spygate saga of 2007.
Scandal: Caterham are at the centre of another spy storm
Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley said: ‘If nothing is now done, that means a free-for-all in the paddock. If nothing is done, could McLaren claim their $100million back If the FIA do sanction against Caterham, it could cost them tens of millions.’