Van der Garde opens legal proceedings against Sauber, demands Australian GP drive

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Giedo van der Garde has opened legal proceedings against his former Sauber team in order to secure a seat on the grid for next week’s 2015 season opener in Australia.

Van der Garde was expected to race for Sauber full-time in 2015, after serving as the team’s reserve driver last season, but was left without a drive after the Swiss outfit opted to sign Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson late in the year.

According to Australian media reports, the Dutchman has pressed for urgent legal action against the team, and is seeking a hearing at the Supreme Court of Victoria on Monday, calling for a race seat.

“In early November 2014, Mr van de Garde was informed by Sauber’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Monisha Kaltenborn, that Sauber’s two seats had been given to other drivers and that, as a consequence, Mr van der Garde would not have a place as a driver in the team in 2015,” the court documents claim.

“The Respondent was ordered to refrain from taking any action the effect of which would be to deprive Mr van der Garde of his entitlement to participate in the 2015 Formula One Season as one of Sauber’s two nominated race drivers.”

Van der Garde, who raced for Caterham in 2013, has already taken his case to the Arbitration Institution in Switzerland, which ruled in his favour.

Image courtesy of Sauber Motorsports AG

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