With the contract in place, Mercedes Grand Prix is believed to have contacted Henkel following the team's takeover of Brawn, only to learn that the DÃ¼sseldorf company denied any such connection with the team.
According to German publication Handelsblatt, Henkel argues that its former head of corporate affairs possessed no right to sign such a contract, thus meaning the company is not legally bound to the Mercedes deal. The Grand Prix team, on the other hand, is believed to be arguing that the unnamed individual did hold rights to confirm the deal, meaning the contract stands.
The departed Henkel worker in question is now facing prosecution for fraud. "The Formula 1 deal is invalid because it is signed by someone who was not entitled to do so," reads a statement from Henkel, the producer of Persil washing powder. "There are therefore no (valid) claims against Henkel." gpupdate.net