Force India Faces Lawsuit Following Spying Allegations

Following reports that Force India is investigating the way Lotus F1 Team built their wind tunnel model for the 2010 season, their former technical partners Aerolab today issued am explanatory statement. However, in addition to being explanatory, the statement also ended with a legal threat towards the Silverstone based team.

Lotus F1 Team last month presented the first images of their 2010 machinery (wind tunnel model), following their technical partnership with Fondtech. However, some worries appeared over the fact that Fondtech might have used some of Aerolab's sketches – the company that used to partner Force India until September of last year is actually parented by Fondtech – in building Lotus F1's wind tunnel model.

In addition, the man who supervises the technical aspects of the Lotus F1 team is none other the Mike Gascoyne, the former technical officer of Force India. Soon after being laid off by the Indian outfit, Gascoyne actually sued the team's owner Vijay Mallya for compensatory payments.

It is quite unusual for us to comment on negative matters but we have been given no other choice but to make public the facts after press reports in recent days suggested that Aerolab has passed on information to parent company Fondtech which enjoys a close technical relationship with Lotus F1 Racing," said Aerolab's managing director Jean-Claude Migeot in the statement.

As mentioned before, Aerolab is seriously considering legal actions against Force India for breaches in their former contract (probably related to the defamatory actions from the Silverstone team).

These rumours are designed only to tarnish the company's reputation and professionalism and to divert attention away from the facts. The truth is that Aerolab is suing Force India for not fulfilling its obligations,” added Migeot.
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