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F1: Court, Van der Garde Stymied as Kaltenborn Stands Her Ground

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Ben Stevens, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Ben Stevens

    Ben Stevens


    Two sessions into the Australian Grand Prix, it appears no end is in sight to the drama at Sauber.

    Despite Giedo Van der Garde receiving a positive response from the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Dutchman was unable to drive in Friday practice, as Sauber continue to dispute his claim at the risk of facing criminal prosecution.

    In what can only be described as a crazy day for Sauber, Van der Garde was first given Marcus Ericsson’s overalls so that he could take place in a seat fitting, but that was as close as he would come to getting on track.

    Conspicuously absent from Free Practice 1, reports in the paddock suggested Australian police were waiting to arrest Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn. However, a continuance on the contempt of court ruling hanging over the team allowed them to take part in FP2, even though Sauber still face the prospect of arrests and seizure of assets.

    Regardless of any ruling on the case, Van der Garde will no longer be able to drive at this weekend’s race, as the Dutchman could not obtain a Superlicense in time. The FIA’s Contract Recognition Board must verify a driver’s contract as part of the licensing process, which it is now unable to do.

    With the situation at her team slipping out of her control, Kaltenborn was the main subject of questioning at Friday’s team principal press conference. While remaining tight-lipped on the particulars of the case, Kaltenborn was adamant there would be no change to the organisational makeup of the team.

    “This whole matter does not have any effect on the way we work, the way the team works and Peter Sauber is the chairman of our company and he’s continued to be in that position.

    Asked if she had considered resigning, Kaltenborn – who owns a 33.3% share in the team – responded that she “had not considered that.”

    The court will reconvene at 9:30am on Saturday.

    Update: The Supreme Court of Victoria has announced that the case has been discontinued, per agreement of both parties. While Sauber is no longer at risk of contempt of court, the earlier ruling upholding van der Garde's case in Switzerland is still in effect.

    The parties will now have two weeks until Malaysia to try and reach a settlement.

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2015
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  2. Dinca Andrei

    Dinca Andrei

    This is an absolute disaster,law defiance and brainles judgments...If i stole something,i go to jail...now this man,GVdG, was robbed,by the Sauberborn.:thumbsdown:.and the guilty walks free...amazing
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  3. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Premium

    Why does he not have a superlicense? Surely he got one while he was driving for Caterham, and I thought they lasted for 3 years or something.
  4. Michael Dao

    Michael Dao

    @GvanderGarde lawyer says matter has been settled... so it's all over, they have made a deal
  5. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff Premium

    Ah, a new thread! :p

    A deal that can "go in a number of different ways".
  6. Matthew Booth

    Matthew Booth

    It's a yearly basis :)

    Bloody expensive too. 10 thousand Euros + another thousand euros for every point you got last year

    So Lewis would of been 394 thousand euros or the equivalent in pounds of £280.485.71
  7. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Premium

    That explains double points then
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  8. Philip Heck

    Philip Heck

    Are they stupid or something? :confused:
  9. Smartbean


    Indeed, makes a bit sense as not everyone was going to keep up in the old thread or wanting to read 130+ posts to get to the most recent situation :p

    But for the most recent post:
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  10. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Well after qualifying it'll be easier to decide who will be losing their seat.

    Ericsson is as consistent as ever
  11. Frank

    RaceDepartment Administrator Staff Premium

    It seems Sauber is paying van der Garde a lot more than 15 million euro's in order to get rid of the contract he had with Sauber.

    It seems Bernie got annoyed with the Sauber / vd G soap and called with Marcel Boekhoorn to end it. Bernie gave Sauber some financial warantees but Sauber still had to pay the money out of their own pocket. If the money wasn't there before Malaysia vd Garde would have taken place in the Sauber, but it seems now he received the money.
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