The ongoing row between Force India, Lotus and Italian windtunnel operator Aerolab looks set to reach new heights at the upcoming Italian Grand Prix, according to the latest paddock reports.
The Vijay Mallya owned operation instigated legal action against the two parties in June, claiming that a model of its 2009 F1 car was used by Lotus as the basis for its T127 chassis.
Aerolab in turn has launched its own action over non-payment, apparently citing “serious and persistent breaches of contract” by Force India.
It turns out that Force India lost its London High Court case, and has had to pay Aerolab some €1M under the ruling.
However, the matter is not yet put to bed, and the complaints by Force India over the alleged misuse of its windtunnel model could see Aerolab director Jean-Claude Migeot criminally charged by Bologna authorities.
A statement issued by Aerolab claims: “It appears that Force India’s strategy will be to try and force Aerolab into a settlement that the company has no intention of accepting.
“The upcoming Italian Grand Prix at Monza, during which Force India’s assets will be present under Italian jurisdiction, could trigger further exchanges of action between the two parties,” the statement adds, perhaps hinting that Aerolab may seek an injunction by impounding the Force India assets at Monza.
“As a result of the retaliatory action already taken by Force India, it is expected that Aerolab’s Director, Mr Jean Claude Migeot, will soon be charged pursuant to a criminal complaint filed in Bologna. Aerolab is confident in the positive outcome of all judicial matters in this affair,” the statement concludes.
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