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GP Week : Issue 216
MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden email@example.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: News/Race: Mat Coch Mike Doodson Kate Walker Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly F1 Business: Christian Sylt, Caroline Reid Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Daniel Kalisz, Mirko Stange, Dirk Klynsmith PUBlIShED By Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom PUBlIShER Chris Lambden email@example.com ADVERTISING n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton email@example.com n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWEEK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) sauber/van der garde suit continues A dispute over whether or not Giedo van der Garde was entitled to race for Sauber in 2015 threatened to overshadow the Australian Grand Prix. In a last gasp effort to secure his drive, van der Garde took the Sauber team to the Supreme Cour t of Victoria to once and for all settle whether he should drive for the Swiss team or not in 2015. The initial case was heard on the Wednesday ahead of the race, the court finding in the Dutchman's favour. Sauber appealed the decision which was dismiseed on Thursday. Things came to a boil on Friday when, despite van der Garde suiting up (in a pair of Marcus Ericsson's overalls) and having a seat fitting, it was Felipe Nasr and Ericsson who climbed into the cars for opening practice. The pair never left the garage, the team clearly fearing it would be held in Contempt of Court if they did. Another summons was issued following the session which saw the matter back in court later that afternoon. The summons clearly showed things had escalated, van der Garde requesting Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn be jailed and the teams assets seized. However at the hearing the cour t was told the two warring parties were finally having contructive discussions with a view to reaching a settlement, and by Saturday morning word came that van der Garde had dropped the case, at least for now. "With respect to the interest of motorsport, and F1 in particular, I have decided to give up my legal rights to race this weekend at the Melbourne Grand Prix," Van Der Garde wrote in a statement on his Facebook page. "My management will continue talks with Sauber early next week to find a mutually acceptable solution for the current situation that has now arisen." It remains to be seen what the outcome of the settlement will be, Sauber promising more information in the coming week. RIGHT: Giedo even put a Sauber race suit on on Friday – all to no avail. 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: