Formula One

Sauber – Van der Garde affair over with mutual contract termination

The murky court case between the Sauber F1 team and their former driver Giedo van der Garde has been resolved with the two parties coming to an out of court settlement to mutually terminate the driver’s contract with the team.

The Dutchman reached a settlement with the team following a verdict by the Victorian Supreme Court which said that he had valid grounds to stand on and his contract was binding as well when he was sacked by the team last season. But van der Garde decided to end his association with the team and said that his dream of racing in Formula One has now been taken away with the contract being cancelled.

The 29 year old driver issued a statement where he stated that the contract was cancelled by mutual consent and that his dream of becoming a Formula One racer is over for good now. The Dutch driver dropped his legal proceedings against Sauber F1 last week to allow the team to race in the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne where Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson earned their stripes for the team.

Van der Garde said that he had a valid contract to take him through the 2015 season and therefore, certain enforceable rights as well.

Sauber F1, however, said that now that the issue has been resolved, they are looking forward to the next race in Sepang at the Malaysian Grand Prix. In an open letter to its fans, the team said that they don’t know the intentions of the driver and although he might try to present himself as a winner, it urged the fans to make an informed decision even if it is critical towards the team as a whole, with both sides of the story and not jump to any conclusions.