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Axed Caterham staff to sue team

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Caterham is facing legal action from around 40 former members of staff who were axed by the team following its recent takeover.

Lawyers have been appointed to represent the former employees removed by the team before the German Grand Prix, part of a bid to make the team more financially viable. The team was purchased on July 2 by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, advised by former HRT principal Colin Kolles.

A spokesperson for the former employees said the dismissal of the group was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team. They also said Caterham has "reneged on promises that employees would at least be paid in July."

The group of former employees has called on the FIA to investigate the team over the dismissals and even over the recent sale.

A statement issued on behalf of the group said: "It is understood that the employees, many of whom have supported the F1 team during its four years in the Championship, will be requesting the FIA - as a responsible regulator - to fully investigate the F1 team's conduct and the circumstances in relation to its recent change of ownership."

Caterham declined to comment.

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