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22 August 2010 :: 14:08:54 pm 36143

Virgin Critical of Ecclestone as Force India Lose Court Battle

Virgin Racing principle John Booth has come out in criticism of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s constant jives at the new teams in 2010, brandishing his comments as ‘destabilising’. Meanwhile, Force India F1 have been made to pay over 1 million Euro’s to Italian firm Aerolab following a London High Court ruling.
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International, the 22nd of August 2010: Virgin boss John Booth has professed that the competition newcomers have been progressing along with estimations in their debut season, despite F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone constants snipes to the contrary.

Virgin Racing, one of three new entrants in the 2010 Formula One competition, including Force India F1 and Hispania Racing, have struggled for competitiveness in the first half of the season, but at times have showed glimpses of their potential and positive development strategies.

Despite evident improvement and a strong financial input, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has hit out at two of the three new teams for consistently underperforming, referring to Hispania Racing and the Virgin Team. He later went on to say that, he expected that at least two of them might disband before seasons end due to financial troubles.

Virgin’s Booth hit back at Ecclestone’s negative comments stating, “I was not particularly pleased, because comments like that for a team like ours can do great damage. It is difficult for us at the moment, as it is for other teams, and for all the new teams.”

Booth went on to stress that most of Virgin’s backers are committed to the team for the long-term, brushing aside notions that the high-profile nature of the Virgin enterprise should signify immediate success in such a competitive and long standing championship.

“If you look at what we have built up so far, it’s not all bad. In F1 there have been probably 30 or 40 new teams, some of which never qualified for a race – but we are there at the start of every race and, step-by-step, we are getting closer.”

Meanwhile, another newcomer, Force India, have been made to pay over 1 million Euros in services rendered and damages to Italian aerodynamics company Aerolab. The decision, made at the London High Court, is thought to have prompted Force India into preparing retaliatory court proceedings against Aerolab director Mr Jean Claude Migeot.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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