Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham and his family have confirmed they are taking legal action against Formtech for using the Brabham name in its entry for the 2010 F1 season.
Formtech submitted its entry to the FIA under the name Brabham Grand Prix Limited and will find out on Friday whether it has been granted access to the 2010 World Championship.
However, the Brabham family has made it clear it was not affiliated with the Formtech entry and has today confirmed in a statement it plans to pursue legal action against the team for using the famous name.
In an official statement, Sir Brabham and his family state: “It has been necessary to commence legal action against Brabham Grand Prix Limited following Formtech's application to enter the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2010 in that name.
“The Brabham family have made numerous approaches to Formtech with proposals to amicably resolve the situation.
“In the absence of any response from the team, the family has been left with no alternative but to issue the relevant proceedings to protect the family name, irrespective of whether Formtech is granted an entry by the FIA on Friday June 12.
“The Brabham name has always been the property of the family and it is sad that once again steps have to be taken to protect it.”