Van der Garde wins legal case against Sauber, must drive in Australia

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Giedo van der Garde has won his legal case against Sauber after the Supreme Court of Victoria ruled he should race for the team at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Van der Garde, who served as Sauber’s reserve driver in 2014, opened the case against his former team on the grounds that it had breached his contract by signing Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr in his place.

The Dutchman claimed he held a valid contract to drive for the Swiss-based team in 2015, a claim backed by a Swiss arbitration institution.

Sauber argued that there was insufficient time to prepare a car for the Dutchman in time for the Australian Grand Prix, but Judge Croft ruled in van der Garde’s favour on Wednesday morning.

According to Croft, van der Garde’s application was “successful and it will be enforced”.

Lawyers for van der Garde, who raced for Caterham in 2013, say that he is “ready, and able” to race this weekend, and is keen to get his seat fitted as soon as possible.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Sauber Motorsports AG

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