Julian Leal, Caterham, Silverstone test, 2014

Former Caterham staff begin legal action against team

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Julian Leal, Caterham, Silverstone test, 2014In the round-up: Former employees of Caterham who were dismissed when the new management took over have begun proceedings against the team.

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Ex-Caterham staff start legal action (BBC)

“A group of ex-Caterham employees have issued employment tribunal proceedings against the team claiming unfair dismissal, their lawyer says.”

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A few new bits of unbroadcast team radio audio include Hamilton being told his “position is safe” before the contact with Rosberg, then more of his reaction to it (“I can’t believe he hit me”) and asking afterwards “was it a racing incident?” There’s also some more of Alonso’s radio, including him complaining about being forced off the road by Magnussen.

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Comment of the day

Toto Wolff said Mercedes could impose more than a “slap on the wrist” on Nico Rosberg, but what might their undisclosed “disciplinary measures” involve?

The thing is, all that really can be done is a slap on the wrist since anything to hinder the driver can hinder the team’s outlook as well (i.e. constructor points).

I’d do something like remove FP1 and FP2 time in favor of a young driver so that offending drivers lose out on practice/setup time at the track, but ultimately still have the equipment to get a high qualifying spot and race finish.

It doesn’t seem like all this matters when the drivers are ultimately left free to race anyway; hopefully they both learn from this experience and are a bit more careful around each other.
Steven (@Steevkay)

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On this day in F1

Kimi Raikkonen scored his most recent victory in Ferrari overalls five years ago today in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Giancarlo Fisichella had taken a surprise pole position for Force India, but following a Safety Car restart he was powerless to stop Raikkonen from passing him with KERS.

Even so he pressured Raikkonen all the way to take not only Force India’s first podium, but their first points too.

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