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.

Leclerc: No. 16 was third-choice for Formula 1 career

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2018 Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc has revealed No. 16 was his third-choice number to use through his grand prix career, with his preferred options having already been taken.

From 2014, drivers were given the chance to pick a number to use through their F1 careers instead of being assigned one depending on their team’s championship position.

Formula 2 champion and Ferrari junior Leclerc was announced in an Alfa Romeo Sauber race seat for 2018 earlier this month, picking No. 16 as his permanent number.

However, the Monegasque racer revealed last week that it was in fact his third choice, with both No. 7 and No. 10 already being taken by Kimi Raikkonen and Pierre Gasly respectively.

“It’s quite simple to be honest: I wanted number 7 first, but Kimi had it,” Leclerc said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“Then I chose 10, but Pierre came to F1 and chose number 10, so then I chose number 16.

“It’s just my date of birth and I could not find anything better. And 1 + 6 = 7, which is my favorite number.”

Leclerc will become the first driver hailing from Monaco to race in F1 since Olivier Beretta, who made nine grand prix starts in 1994 for Larrousse.