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Force India and Sauber withdraw EU complaint

January 25, 2018 17:37 IST

Sergio Perez, left, of Mexico and Sahara Force India, Vijay Mallya, centre, Team Principal and Managing Director and Esteban Ocon of France pose with the VJM10 car

Force India and Sauber have withdrawn a complaint to the European Commission about alleged anti-competitive practices in Formula One, the teams said in a joint statement on Thursday.

The two privately-owned teams had made their complaint in 2015, before the sport's current US-based owners Liberty Media took over and replaced former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone last year.

 

The complaint had focused on how the sport was run and revenues distributed, with Force India and Sauber arguing that Formula One was in breach of articles prohibiting cartels and the abuse of dominant market positions.

The two teams said they had been reassured by Formula One's approach under chairman Chase Carey and his new management team, who had "brought a new culture of transparency to the sport".

IMAGE: Sergio Perez, left, of Mexico and Sahara Force India, Vijay Mallya, centre, Team Principal and Managing Director and Esteban Ocon of France pose with the VJM10 car

Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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