Newey injunction case delayed

McLaren's first chance to have its arguments over the Adrian Newey contract saga heard in court has been postponed, following the team's request to delay the proceedings by one day

Newey injunction case delayed

Both McLaren and Jaguar were due in court in London today (Tuesday) as the Woking-based team tries to lift the High Court injunction Jaguar obtained last Friday, restraining McLaren from entering in to or continuing any contract with Newey after his current deal with it expires.

However McLaren, which was not represented in court last week when Jaguar got the injunction, has asked for a one-day delay to the hearing, and since Jaguar did not raise any objections to this, the two teams will now start to put their respective legal arguments forward tomorrow.

Although it is not yet clear why the team asked for the delay, both McLaren and Jaguar are equally confident they have the legal high ground. Jaguar Chief Executive Officer Bobby Rahal said of the agreement between his team and Newey: "It is a legally binding agreement, very specific in detail and I do not think we should let go."

McLaren's Ron Dennis sees the battle to keep its technical director rather differently, maintaining :"I am absolutely certain that Adrian will be with us in heart and head for the next few years."

Newey is the highest regarded aerodynamacist in the business, designing six world championship-winning cars since 1992, and naturally both teams want the talented 42-year-old to work for them when his current contract with McLaren expires in August next year.

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