Thirty-eight members of the Caterham F1 Team staff who were sacked by the team’s new owners have made good on their promise to officially launch legal proceedings against the Leafield-based team, claiming unfair dismissal.

Having previously threatened to launch legal action after being sacked last month in the wake of the team’s buyout by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, the group has issued a follow-up statement confirming that it has commenced employment Tribunal Proceedings.

“[We] have today issued employment Tribunal Proceedings against Caterham in light of its failure to settle claims following their unlawful axing by new owners back in July,” the statement reads.

“Due to the amount of money involved in the claims made, further High Court Proceedings are also imminent against the Leafield F1 company.”

The statement rejected the team’s previous claims that the terminated staff had received their final payments.

“Contrary to reports made by Caterham, the ex-employees have still not been paid their July salaries despite promises that they would be paid for 1-15 July. Nor have the employees or their solicitors received any substantive response to their letter to Caterham on 25 July 2014 urging a response to the above matter and inviting settlement.

“The hope is that Caterham will enter into a constructive discussion with the employees and their legal representatives so this matter can be resolved swiftly and amicably.”

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