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Arrows staff made redundant

It seems Arrows' fight for survival has been in vain after remaining team staff were given redundancy notices this week. Some staff had already departed the ailing team but it was reportedly confirmed to the BBC that the last 160 employees have...

It seems Arrows' fight for survival has been in vain after remaining team staff were given redundancy notices this week. Some staff had already departed the ailing team but it was reportedly confirmed to the BBC that the last 160 employees have been let go.

Arrows was refused entry to the 2003 Formula One championship by the FIA, despite paying the registration fee before the entry deadline. The team intends to appeal the decision but the German based investor that was in negotiations with Arrows has failed to provide the finances. The deal was dependent on Arrows' entry being accepted and with this now unlikely, the Leafield squad has run out of options.

There is a slim chance that Olivier Behring, head of investors German Grand Prix Racing, may be able to change the FIA's mind about accepting Arrows for next year and a meeting is due to take place in the near future.

Jackie Olivier, who headed Arrows for over twenty years before Tom Walkinshaw took over, was saddened by the impending demise of the team he co-founded: "If the team goes down, it's sad that the Arrows name will disappear," he told Autosport.

"Arrows survived in F1 for a long time despite not gaining any real success. I ran it with prudence, always thinking of survival. Tom tried to make it successful. I kept it going for 22 years, he buried it in three."

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