SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Force India will have to pay the $1.12 million it owes former wind tunnel partner Aerolab as part of the resolution of a related claim it made against rival Formula One team Caterham.
The High Court in London ruled Wednesday that Aerolab must pay Force India $33,100 for misuse of confidential information, as employees passed on some of Force India’s aerodynamic designs to Caterham — then known as Lotus.
Force India also brought claims of a conspiracy to misuse the team’s intellectual property against Aerolab and Caterham’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne. However, Justice Arnold ruled Force India “has come nowhere near establishing that.”
Force India said in a statement that it would refer the partial judgment against Aerolab, and the involvement of Caterham, to Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, to decide if there would be any sporting sanctions.