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FIA 'Have No Position' on Newey's Case

Tuesday June 5th, 2001

Formula One's ruling body, the FIA, can't do anything to stop members of the Grand Prix teams from breaking their contracts and moving to rival outfits, according to president Max Mosley.

Some members of the Formula One world, like Minardi's Paul Stoddart or team boss Frank Williams, have called for a review of the current contract situation in order to stop the spiralling costs in the sport following the tug-of-war between McLaren and Jaguar.

The Jaguar team announced last Friday that Adrian Newey, one of the most prestigious designers in Formula One, had signed to join the Ford-owned team from next year but only hours later McLaren issued a statement saying he would be staying until 2005.

Mosley, however, said there was nothing the FIA could do about it, as the proposed Contract Recognition Board for senior employees has not yet been introduced.

"We have no position on this," Mosley was quoted as saying by the Guardian. "At the last Formula One constructors' meeting at the Austrian Grand Prix the question of having a contract recognition board for senior employees, similar to the one that exists for drivers, was discussed. But nothing has been taken further."

The Jaguar team have expressed their intention to take legal action against McLaren claiming Newey had already signed a contract with them.

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