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Schmidt's F1 blog: clean misery result of a sick system

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E s reads like a farewell speech. Giedo van der Garde accounts with Sauber on his Facebook page. What started as a legal battle ended in a settlement. The plaintiff absolutely wanted to drive, but was advised by a third party that it is not particularly wise to have two cars confiscated at the start of the season in a field that is already emaciated. So van der Garde's party offered Sauber to pay compensation. They called for a sum that they believed the other side could not pay. Perhaps in the hope of then taking over the racing team, which is lying on the ground. Which was perhaps on the agenda of the Dutch financiers from the beginning.

Formula 1 has to reinvent itself

Be that as it may. Clean can obviously pay wherever the money comes from. For van der Garde this means that his Formula 1 career is over. The Dutchman refers to a contract as a regular pilot for 2015, which he signed in good faith. It turned out that Sauber had three drivers under contract this year. The exact background is still unclear. Outwardly it now appears that the one who brought the least money has jumped over the edge.

In his statement, van der Garde explains that he wanted to make an example, also for his colleagues. He is not the only driver whose career has ruined the business conduct of some teams. Be it because the payment behavior is getting worse, or because the amount of the dowry decides on a cockpit. Van der Garde hopes his case will strengthen drivers' rights in the future. He hopes in vain. Nothing will change as long as the whole sport does not reinvent itself. What happened to van der Garde is the result of a sick system.

Large teams make it easy for themselves

I don't want to justify Sauber or other teams here. If various courts have found that van der Garde had a legally valid contract with Sauber, then one must assume that it is. When asked why the Swiss racing team hired three drivers, the English have a nice saying: 'Desperate people do desperate things.' Van der Garde himself says that he kept the team alive in early 2014 with his sponsorship money. As Felipe Nasr at the GPBrazil was surprisingly nominated as the second driver alongside Marcus Ericsson, but another driver saved Sauber's life. That's the bitter truth.

The problem is that half of the teams can only keep themselves alive by doing pull-ups like this. The big teams make it easy for themselves and say: If Sauber doesn't have the money, they should lock up. Then Lotus, Force India and Manor would no longer exist today. And the next to hit would be Williams.

In 2010, Sauber returned to Formula 1 on a private basis with the legacy of BMW. At that time, around 100 million dollars was enough to fight for places 6 to 9 in the constructors' standings and lose between one and two seconds on the top. Today you need 30 million more for that. Only because Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren-Honda are wasting more and more coal in order to carry out their own competition. A commitment that doesn't make the sport any better. Because the fan doesn't notice anything of the effort. For him, the result is always just a racing car. That for $ 300 million doesn't look much different than the one for $ 100 million.


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