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Force India pay high price for small victory

Team’s protracted court case has now cost them over £1 million.

Force India Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany locks up his brakes during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix.
Force India Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany locks up his brakes during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix.
Image: Mark Baker/AP/Press Association Images

THE FORCE INDIA Formula One team must pay £650,000 in legal costs in a dispute over intellectual property with rival team Caterham.

The UK based team have 14 days to pay Caterham and their chief technical officer’s Mike Gascoyne’s legal costs after the decision on Friday.

The judgement arises from an allegation made by Force India last year, that Caterham, under their former name of Team Lotus, and their chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne had copied parts of Force India’s car design.

In March, the trial verdict awarded Force India £20,900 due to improper use of its intellectual property, but rejected that Team Lotus had ‘systematically copied’ Force India’s car design.

The judge’s decision brings Force India’s legal bill for pursuing the case to 1.35 million pounds on top of their own costs.

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