Kolles: customer cars should get no points
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Monday, February 5th 2007, 15:02 GMT|
Toro Rosso and Super Aguri should not be allowed to score constructors' points if they race with customer cars in 2007, according to Spyker team boss Colin Kolles.
As the controversy rumbles on, Kolles admits he has no problems with their rivals running customer cars this year, but he says they should not be given any points if they do.
"A customer car is a customer car. It is not a constructors' car, so it is very simple," Kolles told reporters during the launch of Spyker's new car.
"I am not against running these cars, even though this is already damaging for F1, but they are not constructors.
"And we have a constructors' championship, so they are not entitled to get constructors' points. It is not a Toro Rosso, it is a Red Bull. It is not a Super Aguri, it is a Honda.
"As long as you are not a constructor, and to stop lying to the world, they should not score points. To be a constructor you have to own the intellectual property and it is singular in the Concorde Agreement. You cannot share it. That is the point.
"They are simply sharing and it is not fair that they are saving lots of money while we are investing lots of money. They want to save the money and get the benefits. It cannot work like this."
Kolles admitted he is expecting the matter to be resolved in the courts, and not by the sport's governing body, the FIA.
"Exactly. So I don't know on what Red Bull are counting," Kolles added. "Even their technical director has said they are using the same car except for the mounting points on the engine.
"He said this to the press in front of people, so they cannot turn it around by changing company names from Red Bull to Red Bull Technology overnight and things like this.
"I wonder how a judge will see it. It cannot be. They are afraid of something, otherwise they would not change something like Adrian Newey all of a sudden not being employed by Red Bull Racing but by Red Bull Technology. All this rubbish is just fake.
"I don't have to speak to the FIA about this. For what reasons should I speak to them about this? The FIA is not the body that will have to decide this."
When asked if it was possible that only nine teams race in Australia, Kolles said: "I don't know. If they are not in the rules we will do whatever is possible, even an injunction. That is very clear."