About forty former employees who were made redundant by the Caterham F1 Team’s new owners are set to launch legal action over their dismissal.

Following the sale of the team by Tony Fernandes to a consortium of as-yet-unnamed Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, the outfit’s new leadership – headed by former F1 driver Christijan Albers and ‘advisor’ Colin Kolles – have undertaken a restructure of the team. Part of this saw around 40 team members lose their jobs in the lead-up to the German Grand Prix.

It is understood that these former employees will claim that their sacking breached UK employment law. Additionally, it is believed that they have requested the sport’s governing  body, the FIA, look into the team’s recent conduct and its change of ownership.

“The summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team,” Christopher Felton, the lawyer representing the staff, said.

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