Sauber will not jeopardise safety despite van der Garde ruling

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Sauber says it will not risk the safety of any driver despite an Australian court’s decision to uphold Giedo van der Garde’s right to race for the team at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court of Victoria ruled in favour of van der Garde’s claim that he has a valid contract to race for the Swiss team in 2015.

Sauber argued to the court that running the Dutchman in Australia at such short notice and without preparation would be unsafe – an argument it has repeated in the wake of Judge Croft’s ruling.

“We are disappointed with this decision and now need to take time to understand what it means and the impact it will have on the start of our season,” said  Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

“What we cannot do is jeopardise the safety of our team, or any other driver on the track, by having an unprepared driver in a car that has now been tailored to two other assigned drivers.”

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

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