Former Caterham staff begin legal action against team

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A group of former employees at Caterham F1 Team have begun legal action following their dismissal upon the sale of the team by Tony Fernandes.

38 workers released a statement in July claiming that they had been unfairly sacked by the team without any redundancy settlement and with money still owed. However, the team responded by saying that this was untrue, and it in turn was looking to sue this group for unfair representation.

Now, the ex-employees have confirmed that they will be launching legal action in England to try and resolve the matter.

“38 former staff have issued employment Tribunal Proceedings against Caterham in light of its failure to settle claims following their unlawful axing by new owners back in July,” a 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.

“Furthermore, 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.”

The team is yet to issue a response to this latest statement.

Life at Caterham does seem very uncertain at the moment following the sale of the team to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors. It is expected to once again bench Kamui Kobayashi for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, with either Carlos Sainz Jr. or Roberto Merhi set to make their F1 debut.

Usain Bolt, Bill Clinton among headline guests for USGP at COTA

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The Circuit of The Americas paddock ahead of the United States Grand Prix may have been busy with teams and drivers preparing for lights out, but much of the attention lay with a number of headline guests including former presidents and Olympic champions.

As part of its plans to up the excitement levels ahead of Sunday’s grand prix and mirror other sporting events, F1’s new owner, Liberty Media, announced plans a couple of weeks ago to link up with iconic boxing announcer Michael Buffer and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt for the pre-race festivities.

Ahead of today’s race in Austin, Buffer will introduce the drivers in a number of groups before offering the call for drivers to start their engines, similar to the pre-race procedure for the Indianapolis 500.

Honorary race starter Bolt, who competed in his last athletic world championship event in London earlier this year, will appear on the start line to complete his signature victory pose before waving the green flags to launch the formation lap.

Bolt was also treated to a hot lap around COTA by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton before the start of the formal pre-race build up program in Austin.

Liberty issued a list of celebrities and other public figures who are confirmed to be attending today’s race, including Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and actor Owen Wilson among others.

One name that wasn’t on the list? 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, who quickly became a focus for the paddock upon arrival three hours before lights out.

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET today.