F1: Caterham to take legal action against former staff
Caterham are to take legal action against a number of former employees who are claiming unfair dismissal.
More than 40 ex-staff members were laid off from earlier this month as part of cost cuts by new owners.
A statement released on behalf of former employees said they were seeking compensation.
However, Caterham have cited a "gross misrepresentation of the facts" in the legal claim against the team.
|Caterham in Formula 1|
|Debut:2010 (as Team Lotus)|
|Best race finish:11th - Vitaly Petrov at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|Best team finish:10th (2010, 2011, 2012)|
"Caterham F1 Team has read with great concern recent reports about a group of individuals who are claiming unfair dismissal from the Formula 1 team following its takeover by new owners," read a statement from Caterham, who were taken over at the start of the month by a Swiss-Middle Eastern consortium.
"The team is now taking legal action against those parties representing the individuals concerned, and each person involved, seeking compensation for the damages suffered by the team due to the gross misrepresentation of the facts made by all those concerned.
"A formal request for the withdrawal of the relevant press statement issued on 28 July has been made by Caterham F1 Team, and the team will vigorously pursue its action against all those concerned."
Caterham F1 is now a separate entity from Caterham Cars, which produces lightweight sportscars, and two technology companies, Caterham Technologies and Caterham Composites.
Those three companies are still owned by the grand prix team's former owner Tony Fernandes, who also owns Air Asia, the Tune Hotel group and London's Queens Park Rangers Football Club.