West McLaren Mercedes statement re: Jaguar

Montreal, Canada, Friday 8th June 2001, 09.00 ET: The West McLaren Mercedes Team has noted the statement made by Jaguar Racing regarding an Injunction obtained. Whilst the Team has no particular desire to promote or publicly discuss the obvious...

Montreal, Canada, Friday 8th June 2001, 09.00 ET: The West McLaren Mercedes Team has noted the statement made by Jaguar Racing regarding an Injunction obtained. Whilst the Team has no particular desire to promote or publicly discuss the obvious difference of opinion between West McLaren Mercedes and Jaguar Racing, it is considered appropriate to clarify the following.

Jaguar Racing has obtained a "without notice" Injunction, which applies only until Tuesday, 12th June 2001 when there will be a further hearing at which McLaren will be represented for the first time. The lawyers acting for Jaguar Racing had previously established contact with those acting for McLaren but unusually chose not to inform them of their intentions or invite their contribution before the Judge.

The statement issued by Jaguar Racing implies that the Injunction prevents Adrian Newey from continuing in the employment of McLaren International after 31st July 2002 under a contract already signed. This is inaccurate. In fact the Injunction granted only prevents McLaren entering into a new or further agreement with Adrian Newey before Tuesday, 12th June 2001 and has no effect on the existing extension.

The Team is confident that when the facts of the case are heard on Tuesday, the Injunction will be lifted.

In the meantime the Injunction has no bearing on our racing programme which is focussed on the Canadian Grand Prix. We wish to make no further comments on this matter during the race weekend

-McLaren- v

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adrian Newey
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Jaguar Racing