Caterham faces legal action from former staff

Formula One Testing Preparations, Jerez, Spain, Monday 27 January 2014.

A group of 38 former Caterham staff are taking the team’s new owners to a labour court claiming unfair dismissal, with High Court proceedings set to follow.

Representing the workers is solicitor Christopher Felton claims the aggrieved staff have not been paid their July wages and no response has been forthcoming by Caterham’s management with regards to settling the issue.

Felton told told BBC, “The hope is that Caterham will enter into a constructive discussion with the employees and their legal representatives so this matter can be resolved swiftly and amicably.”

A Caterham spokesman sresponded by saying,”We are not not aware of any court claim being lodged. There are on-going negotiations out of court in order to solve this issue. The team doesn’t have any further comments.”

Vaterham F1 team was sold by Tony Fernandes to a little known Arab-Swiss consortium led by Colin Kolles, which led to a raft of changes aimed at saving the team’s place on the Formula 1 grid, which included staff redundancies.

Also affected by the management change is the team’s regular driver Kamui Kobayashi who was replaced by Andre Lotterer for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Japanese driver’s seat at the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix is also uncertain, with Spaniard Roberto Merhi reportedly in contention to make his Formula 1 debut at Monza in place of Kobayashi. (GP247)