Spyker wins allies for customer car fight

Fri, 15 December 2006, 11:13

Colin Kolles says he has recruited the support of three crucial formula one allies in his crusade against illegal customer cars.

The Spyker chief recently wrote a letter to his team principal colleagues about the issue and then organised a meeting that was held in Monaco last Friday.

Kolles is concerned that Super Aguri and Toro Rosso, respectively tied closely to ‘parent’ teams Honda and Red Bull, intend to break the rules in 2007 by racing cars that they did not design and build.

He told the Dutch magazine ‘Sportweek’ that Toyota, Williams and McLaren strongly support his argument.

“Last year it was me by myself,” he said, “but now Red Bull have Adrian Newey doing their car and Honda have won a race.

“The situation has changed.”

Kolles suggested that if an acceptable solution to the teams’ complaint is not found, as a last resort they could refer the matter to “arbitration”.

He said Spyker is particularly sensitive to Toro Rosso and Super Aguri’s questionable tactics because only the top ten constructors get access to F1’s multi million dollar television revenue.


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