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New Caterham F1 buyers threatening to pull support of team amid legal dispute

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New Caterham F1 buyers threatening to pull support of team amid legal dispute
Oct 22, 2014, 7:03 PM

The saga that has become the Caterham F1 Team continues.

Marcus Ericsson, Caterham CT05 and team mate Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 on the grid.
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Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05
Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham F1 Team
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Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 loses control and crashes in the second practice session
Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05

The following is an official statement from the Caterham F1 Team.

"On 29 June 2014, Caterham Enterprises Ltd, Caterham (UK) Ltd and Sheikh Mohamed Nasarudin (Seller) and their shareholders Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Engavest SA (Buyer) with regards to 1Malaysia Racing Team Sdn Bhd/Caterham F1 Team."

"Since the date of the Agreement, the Seller has refused to comply with its legal obligations to transfer their shares to the Buyer. The Buyer has been left in the invidious position of funding the team without having legal title to the team it had bought. This is in total contradiction to the Seller’s press release of 3 October 2014 which stated that Mr Fernandes and his Caterham Group had no longer any connection with the Caterham F1 Team."

After three months of operating the Caterham F1 Team in good faith, the Buyer is now forced to explore all its options including the withdrawal of its management team

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"The administrators of Caterham Sports Limited have been appointed on behalf of Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (Exim), a creditor of Mr Fernandes and the Caterham Group.  The Buyer has no connection with Exim. Caterham Sports Ltd was a supplier company to the Caterham F1 Team.  Very regrettably, the administrators' appointment has had devastating effects on the F1 Team's activities.  Since their appointment, the administrators have released various press statements which have been severely detrimental to the management of the Caterham F1 team." In response, Fernandes tweeted...

"After three months of operating the Caterham F1 Team in good faith, the Buyer is now forced to explore all its options including the withdrawal of its management team. Lawyers have been instructed by the Buyer to bring all necessary claims against all parties, including Mr Fernandes who, as an owner, will run the F1 operation."

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