The logo, which features on the cars and drivers’ helmets, is at the centre of a legal dispute between Rich Energy and bicycle manufacturer Whyte Bikes in relation to copyright infringement.

Last month, Whyte Bikes successfully won its legal action against Rich Energy, over the use of an almost identical stag logo that the bike company has established.

The case has opened the door for Whyte to lodge an injunction against Rich Energy for it to cease its use of the logo, as well as potential damages or a share of profits.

The matter is set to return to court this month for a ruling on the next steps.

While the logo remained on the Haas car in Monaco, Rich Energy said ahead of track action beginning in that it had asked for it to be removed.

 

Speaking in immediately after the ruling, boss Gunther Steiner made clear his team was not directly involved in the legal action but would follow any requests from Rich Energy relating to it.

Steiner said: “We were told [that] when we need to change something they will tell us.

“For sure we check that everything is okay and we are doing everything they tell us. We don’t have a problem with the logo, Rich Energy has a problem with the logo, so I don’t know if they need to change it or if there is another solution.”

The Rich Energy logos had appeared on the cars in Thursday in Montreal, and it remains unclear if they will be removed in time for opening practice.