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Trouble at Sauber: Van der Garde wants to sue cockpit

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S but there is a risk of trouble. Giedo van der Garde, who was employed as a test driver for the Swiss racing team in 2014, is demanding that his ex-team be reinstated as a regular driver. Allegedly, the transport for 2015 was agreed in writing in the old contract. But instead of promotion, Sauber was kicked out at the end of the season.

Van der Garde sues Sauber

The Dutchman does not want to accept that. After going to court in Europe against his ex-team, Van der Garde has now also initiated proceedings in Melbourne. In the documents that the pilot submitted to the Australian court and that were published in local media, it says:

'In November 2014, Mr. Van der Garde was informed by Sauber's managing director Monisha Kaltenborn that Sauber has given his 2 cockpits to other drivers and as a result there is no more space for Mr. Van der Garde as a regular pilot for 2015. ' That contradicts Van der Garde's contractually guaranteed right to employment in the 2015 F1 season as one of 2 Sauber racing drivers, it continues.

Judgment a few days before the start of the season

The Van der Garde case must now be resolved in an urgent procedure. The negotiation is scheduled for Monday (9 March 2015). If, in an emergency, Sauber were actually forced to dismiss one of the two regular drivers - Marcus Ericsson or Felipe Nasr - this would have financial consequences. Both pilots and their sponsors bring a double-digit million sum into the team, without which things will be tight for Sauber.

In addition to Van der Garde, Adrian Sutil should also have a valid contract for the 2015 season. The Bavarian is also seeking legal proceedings, but in his adopted home Switzerland. But this is more about a compensation payment than a forced reinstatement.


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