Spyker has launched legal action against two of its formula one rivals purely for money reasons.
That is the charge of Gerhard Berger, who co-owns one of the besieged teams, Toro Rosso. The other is Super Aguri, which is accused of using a copy of last year’s Honda racer.
Toro Rosso’s offence, according to Spyker, is running a near-identical version of parent squad Red Bull’s 2007 car.
But despite Spyker boss Colin Kolles’ confirmation that the case is heading for arbitration, Austrian Berger insists that – officially – he has heard precious little about the action.
“At the moment it is still more gossip than fact,” the former winner of ten grands prix told the Austrian press agency APA.
Berger contends that Spyker, with clearly the slowest car this year, is desperate to avoid the unpleasant fate of finishing eleventh and last in the constructors’ championship.
Only the top ten teams are guaranteed full entitlements each season under the provisions of the Concorde Agreement, such as travel expenses.
“This is not about sports, this is purely a commercial matter,” Berger said.