Toro Rosso offers to settle Force India row

Thu, 27 March 2008, 11:12

Toro Rosso has offered to settle its long running dispute with F1 rival Force India over the controversial use of so-called customer cars.

Force India is still pursuing both the Red Bull junior team and Honda satellite Super Aguri in Swiss arbitration court, as the Silverstone based outfit argues that because its rivals are not traditional constructors, they are breaking the rules.

According to the German specialist magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Toro Rosso is now offering to provide to Force India half of its potential commercial revenue in 2008, providing the latter team is not itself inside the top ten teams on the constructors’ ranking.

It is suggested that while co-owner Vijay Mallya is receptive to the compromise, team boss Colin Kolles also wants about $6 million in compensation for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost insists that the Faenza based team is within the rules, but explained: “With the process that is going on at the moment, only the lawyers are winning.

“We want to put this affair into the past and make a clear path for a new Concorde Agreement,” he added.

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