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Force India to pay £650,000 costs in case with Caterham

ESPNF1 Staff
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Force India has been ordered to pay £650,000 legal costs © Sutton Images

A High Court judge has ordered Force India to pay £650,000 legal costs to Caterham and Mike Gascoyne following the recent intellectual property dispute between the two teams.

A hearing at the London High Court on Friday valued the combined costs at £650,000 - £400,000 to chief technical officer Gascoyne, partly on a full indemnity basis, and £250,000 for Caterham's parent company 1Malaysia Racing Team. The costs have to be paid in the next 14 days and are on top of the £708,000 Force India was ordered to pay wind tunnel operator Aerolab over the same dispute.

The original case was based on a longstanding intellectual property dispute, centring on allegations that Aerolab had used wind-tunnel models during its work with 1Malaysia Racing Team that were similar to those used when it was working with Force India.

Mr Justice Arnold ruled that Aerolab and Lotus Racing had used CAD files as a "short cut", but that the resulting copyright claim was worth just £21,000 in damages. In March Force India said it would appeal that decision in the hope of being awarded more compensation and that it would also take the case to the sport's governing body, the FIA.

However, the result of Friday's hearing means Force India has incurred costs of roughly £1.35 million on top of its own legal expenses so far.