New Concorde deals could be ‘unlawful’ – Parr
12 December, 2012
Dec.11 (GMM) The manner in which Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone agreed better deals for top teams like Ferrari and Red Bull could be unlawful, says former Williams chairman Adam Parr, a barrister by training.
Having resigned in March, the Briton has now confirmed rumours that he was pushed out of F1 by its chief executive Ecclestone.
Parr said that the 82-year-old had made it clear to Williams’ board that a favourable Concorde Agreement deal would not be forthcoming while he was at the helm.
Now, the 47-year-old has told Bloomberg journalist Alex Duff that the European Commission should look into how Ecclestone negotiated the new deals, including a reported $45 million each for Red Bull and Ferrari as well as seats on the F1 board.
“There’s a strong case that an unequal division of power and money to a subset of teams is unlawful,” Parr said.
Although refusing to say if he wanted Williams to make a complaint, he suggested that other F1 teams accept the situation because they are “highly dependent” on Ecclestone’s “goodwill”.
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