EU complaint leaves F1 in limbo

EU complaint leaves F1 in limbo

With team futures and even a potential sale of F1 on the line, DIETER RENCKEN details why the recent EU complaint lodged by Sauber and Force India could not have come at a worse time

Although widely anticipated for almost three years now, the news last week that two teams had registered an official complaint with the office of the EU Commissioner for Competition over Formula 1's business practices certainly still sent frissons of fear through F1.

The complaint is rooted in the dying days of the 2010-12 Concorde Agreement, when Bernie Ecclestone, then as now CEO of F1's commercial rights holding entity, Formula One Management, picked off the major teams with promises of seats on a streamlined Formula 1 Commission and premium payments in return for commitments to compete in F1 through to 2020.

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