By Denna Bowman
A legal battle has broken out between two Formula One teams over an alleged breach of intellectual property involving ‘components and tyres’.
The Force India team is suing its rivals Lotus, Lotus technical head Michael Gascoyne and the Aerolab windtunnel company for an allegedly copying its VJM03 wind tunnel model.
According to a report by AFP, Force India is claiming that “…Lotus Racing, via its use of Aerolab and Fondtech facilities and data, has utilised and benefited from the use of Force India F1 Team’s intellectual property.”
The breach of intellectual property included “components and tyres exclusively licensed by Bridgestone to the Force India F1 Team, on its wind tunnel model design for the current Lotus T127 chassis without permission from the Force India F1 Team.
“Force India states these are very serious claims and therefore it would not be taking such action if it could not provide supportive evidence.
“Additionally Force India would like to clarify that any action between Aerolab and Force India for undue termination of contract is now being addressed by the courts.
“Force India confirms it paid approximately one million euros in autumn 2009 to secure the payment claimed by Aerolab and it is now for the competent courts to decide whether, indeed, this outstanding amount should be paid to Aerolab given the seriousness of these current allegations.”