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Caterham launch action against ex-employees launching action // The lawyers get involved as things turn ugly at Leafield

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The Caterham team have undergone a huge reshuffle since new owners took over in early July. Tony Fernandes sold the team to a consortium of investors, bringing in Christijan Albers as the new team principal. They also reduced the number of employees back at the factory, with reports that at least 40 staff had been made redundant.

Now the team have had to defend themselves against some former employees, who issued a statement suggesting they would be launching legal action against Caterham. The original statement said: “The summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team.”

However, Caterham have hit back with legal action of their own, seeking damages for “gross misrepresentation of the facts.” The ex-employees claimed not to have been paid for July but the team dispute that saying everyone who should have been paid a salary, was.

This is yet more bad news for the team, who saw both drivers retire from the German Grand Prix, Marcus Ericsson with a crash that brought out the safety car and Kamui Kobayashi with a fuel pump failure that sent him back into the garage.