One of the historic traditions of the Williams team is to paint their cars blue and white, however For the 2020 season he agreed to include red due to a contract with a sponsor, And at that time the British team was going through hard times economically. after two years , The sponsor who put the red paint on the car sued for $1 million.
Rocket signature He demands $149.5 million in damages from the Williams teamclaiming that data was withheld from him, which indicates that the 2020 car will not be “competitive” or competitive as promised before signing the contract.
Williams won his first breach of contract lawsuit
It turns out that this sponsor entered Formula 1 with Williams in 2019, occupying a small space and in 2020 Not only renewed, but became the main sponsor, So the signature is greatly appreciated on the sidepods and the rear wing, as well as on the cases of the pilots, who at the time were Nicholas Latifi and George Russell.
It was a requirement of this company that its sponsorship be in red, as the team wore that color between the combination of blue and white, and This is how the single seat was introduced in the Montmelo tests and at the Australian Grand Prix.
However, that jackpot was canceled within minutes of the first free practice due to COVID, and all plans fell apart. The company signed sponsorships to appear in the car during the agreed 22 races. In the end 17 were played, however In moments of uncertainty there was talk of a calendar between 10 and 11 races.
shepherd He then proposed reducing the agreed time to 50%, but Williams did not accept, withdrew his sponsorship and sued For breach of contract won in the courts of the United States and the United Kingdom, in which the sponsor paid $35.7 million, Good with the car driver.
Now they are suing Williams for non-compete
After the economic effects of the pandemic, the Williams family sold the team in 2021 to an American consortium, and with the new owners the sponsor returned to the fray, considering that by the time the contract was signed it would be the main sponsor, The data was fraudulently withheld from him until the end of the trial.
This data revealed that at Williams they knew their car would not be as competitive as they promised, and that’s why He demands compensation of approximately $150 million.
What will happen to Williams?
Here we enter the territory of interpretation of meanings, because at Williams they were promised to be competitors, but What does the competition in Formula 1 look like? Although the team did not score any points in the Constructors’ Championship, The team participated in all races.
In the face of this situation, there is no great concern in the team, which is this in addition The lawsuit is against three executives who were part of the previous administration They do not hold positions at the present time.
The team even changed its manager, after the departure of Just Capito, who held this position after the arrival of the American administration, and the team returned to the traditional blue color. Since those changes, Williams had 32 points, with 23 of them coming in 2021.
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