Force India faces the (untrained) eye of the storm
The recent Force India/Aerolab intellectual property legal case may have set dangerous precedents in Formula 1. Dieter Rencken explains the ramifications of what happened
Back in 2002, at the height of his serial court appearances, Arrows team principal Tom Walkinshaw opined that his company had lost its latest case (a debt in favour of Cosworth) due to "the judge not understanding Formula 1…"
The comment drew guffaws of laughter from the media, but in retrospect the Scot had a point: most non-F1 folk have little understanding of the paddock's nuances. How, then, can a judge, any judge – likely schooled in Oxbridge and residing in some leafy suburb – be expected to grasp every twist and turn of this high-octane sporting business?
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