Force India and Sauber withdraw complaint with European Union in support of F1’s new owners
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News January 25, 2018 Updated: 10:14 AM PT
Sahara Force India and Sauber Alfa Romeo have withdrawn their complaint made to the European Union in 2015 over anti-competitive practices of Formula One including the distribution of funds and the lack of feedback from smaller teams.
On Thursday, Sahara Force India and Sauber released statements saying: “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.”
Since the arrival of F1's new administration last year, as they have been working on improving many areas of the sport from fan engagement to distribution of funds and refine communication with all teams up and down the grid.
2018 will make the new administration’s true first year as they have now had a chance to take the plans they have laid out and set them in motion as the evolution of Formula One continues.