Diniz wins court case against Walkinshaw

Former Formula One driver Pedro Diniz has won a long running court battle against Orange Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw. Brazilian Diniz signed for Arrows in 1997 and his personal sponsorship with Parmalat was a much needed boost for the Leafield ...

Former Formula One driver Pedro Diniz has won a long running court battle against Orange Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw.

Brazilian Diniz signed for Arrows in 1997 and his personal sponsorship with Parmalat was a much needed boost for the Leafield team. When he left the team to join Sauber for the 1999 season the legal battle commenced -- Walkinshaw alleged Diniz was in breach of contract and was claiming compensation for the loss of sponsorship income that was the result of his departure.

Diniz cited a performance related clause in his contract; Walkinshaw countered by saying it was poor performance on behalf of the driver, not the car that was responsible for bad results.

Arrows appealed against an earlier judgement made in February 2001 but The Court Of Appeal in London has now rejected their case in full. It is thought that Walkinshaw has been ordered to pay approx US$750,000 in compensation.

Diniz has since retired from driving in F1 and, after a brief time as a shareholder in the now defunct Prost team, is currently looking into other opportunities in the sport.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Tom Walkinshaw , Pedro Diniz
Teams Sauber