Van der Garde and Sauber reach agreement

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Giedo van der Garde and Sauber have reached an agreement which will see the Dutchman give up his legal rights to a race seat in Australia.

Van der Garde and Sauber have bee embroiled in a series of court cases, with the legal system so far siding with van der Garde.

But after extensive talks on Friday night, the parties confirmed that a deal had been struck.

"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," read Van der Garde's statement.

"As I am a passionate race driver this decision has been very difficult for me. However, I also wish to respect the interest of the FIA, Sauber Motorsport, as well as Nasr and Ericsson.

"My management will continue talks with Sauber early next week to find a mutually acceptable solution for the current situation. I am confident such solution will be found and I will inform the media once done."

Sauber also responded to the agreement.

"The Sauber F1 Team can confirm it has been able to agree with Mr. Giedo Van der Garde that he refrains from driving in the Australian Formula One Grand Prix so it can keep its original planning," the team said, with reference to its pairing of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

"The Sauber F1 Team, Mr. Van der Garde and his management will continue to have constructive talks in order to find a mutually acceptable solution. The Sauber F1 Team is here to race in the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and that is what the team is now focusing on. In the course of next week we will be able to give more information."

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