EU Parliament backs call for F1 probe
14 February 2017 – Members of the European Parliament have backed a call for an investigation into anti-competition behaviour in Formula 1, putting pressure on the European Commission to take action.
South East Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds called for an investigation in an amendment to the parliament's annual competition report, which was approved and put to vote on Tuesday.
It comfortably passed by 467 votes to 156, with 86 abstentions, as per the BBC.
Although not duty-bound, the European Commission could now launch an inquiry.
Towards the end of 2015, Force India and Sauber lodged an official complaint to the European Union regarding an "unfair" and "unlawful" governance and revenue system in Formula 1.
Dodds concurs that smaller teams are being "unfairly punished" under F1's current set-up, drawing attention to Manor's recent collapse, after the outfit failed to secure fresh investment.
"A few weeks ago Manor Racing became the latest team in the South East of England to collapse after administrators failed to find a buyer," Dodds was quoted by the BBC.
"Smaller teams are unfairly punished by an uncompetitive allocation of prize money that will always give the biggest teams more money, even if they finish last in every race."
Dodds has also raised concerns over the sale of Formula 1 to US firm Liberty Media, which was formally completed late last month, and the sport's UK tax arrangements.