Caterham team facing legal action from ex-staff
28 July 2014 – The Caterham F1 team is facing legal action from around 40 former employees, laid off earlier this month.
Since Tony Fernandes sold the outfit to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, the new owners have been on a cost-saving drive, with over 40 members losing their jobs ahead of the German Grand Prix.
But the former staff have claimed that the way they were sacked breached UK employment law, and have requested governing body the FIA to investigate the team's conduct and its recent change of ownership.
"The summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team," said Christopher Felton, the lawyer representing the staff.
Christijan Albers, appointed as Caterham's new team boss during the takeover, refused to comment on the matter when questioned by GPUpdate.net, but says he is pleased with the direction the team is heading in.
"What I would like to say is that we applied a new structure to the team, in which I am very confident, with John Iley as Technical Director, Keith Barclay as lead developer and Miodrag Kotur as Team Manager, beside myself," he explained. "I think this team can be very successful and this is, in my opinion, the most important thing."
The team is now separate from Caterham Cars, Caterham Technologies and Caterham Composites. Fernandes still owns all three companies, along with Air Asia, Tune Hotels and Queens Park Rangers Football Club.