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Force India must pay wind tunnel company

india Updated: Mar 22, 2012 11:41 IST

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Force India will have to pay the 846,230 euros ($1.12 million) it owes to its former wind tunnel partner Aerolab as part of the resolution of a related claim it made against rival Formula One team Caterham.

The High Court in London ruled on Wednesday that Aerolab must pay Force India 25,000 euros ($33,100) for misuse of confidential information, as employees passed on some of Force India's aerodynamic designs to Caterham then known as Lotus for the design of its 2010 car.

Force India also brought claims of a conspiracy to misuse the team's intellectual property against Aerolab and Caterham's chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne. However, Justice Arnold ruled Force India "has come nowhere near establishing that."

The money that Force India owed Aerolab had been held by a neutral third party pending the outcome of the case. A further hearing in May will decide legal costs.