Todt: "Teams must handle Budkowski-style work bans"

Published on 06 Dec 2017 09:52

Jean Todt says it is up to F1 teams to regulate how new staff are employed after they move from the FIA. Marcin Budkowski's impending move from the FIA to Renault caused uproar among the teams.

Under Swiss law, Budkowski only had to serve three months of 'gardening leave' before making the move, but Renault has instead decided that he should not start until April 1. Teams have called on the FIA to intervene, but FIA president Todt said it is not the Federation's responsibility.

"Like all our employees, Budkowski was employed under Swiss law," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "There is a work ban of three months by law, but we negotiated with Renault to extend it to half a year. So he will not begin until April 1," Todt confirmed.

Asked how a similar controversy can be prevented in future, Todt answered: "We cannot do much. The only solution would be if the teams commit to not hiring technical people from the FIA. Or if they do, do so with a work ban of at least a year." (GMM)

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Posts: 625
I don’t see what the fuss is about. If his knowledge will bring about a more level playing field, I’d be for taking his workstation and iPad with him! It was one of the reasons American scientists sold the nuclear dope to the Russians..certainly not for cash or even ideology.
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there should be no ban from moving from the fia to a team. However if a design element shows up on the teams car that another team provided to the fia for approval mandatory removal and a point reduction should be made.

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