Formula1 News: Force India and Sauber Withdraw EU Complaint
The complaint (which was launched in 2015 prior to the Liberty Media takeover) was to do with the division in revenue – Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams and McLaren all receive financial payments from Formula 1 in addition to the evenly distributed funds from the Constructor’s Championship.
Find the full joint statement from the teams below.
Joint release by Sahara Force India and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team:
“We have decided to withdraw the complaint we lodged with the European Commission in 2015 on the subject of anti-competitive practices in the sport of Formula 1.”
“We have been greatly encouraged by the dialogue that has been introduced following the appointment of Chase Carey as Executive Chairman and CEO of the Formula 1 commercial rights holder and his new management team.”
“Their approach has brought a new culture of transparency to the sport and illustrates willingness to debate fundamental issues such as the distribution of the prize fund monies, cost control and engine regulations.”
“We are encouraged and reassured by the even-handed and fair negotiating approach taken by the new management of Formula 1 to all the teams and their issues.”
“While the concerns leading to the compliant were fully justified, we believe this new approach provides the necessary degree of assurance that our concerns will be looked at objectively, and we prefer to resolve the issues facing the sport through dialogue rather than a legal dispute.”
“We want to support this transformational process in Formula 1 and thus have resolved to withdraw our complaint with immediate effect.”