(© Ben Johnston 2015)
The Sauber F1 Team have lost their appeal against a court verdict that their former test and reserve driver Giedo Van Der Garde should race for the team in Australia this weekend.
The Dutch driver took the Swiss based outfit to court in Victoria and won his case on Wednesday with the outfit immediately appealing the case. However in a statement read out in court on Thursday the Supreme Court Of Victoria rejected the appeal saying
‘We did not consider this course (the appeal) to be in the interests of justice.’
The ruling means that effectively the Swiss based outfit now have three drivers for the two race seats available and while they are legally obliged to run Van Der Garde in one of their cars they face legal proceedings against them for failing to run either Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson as both drivers bring hefty sponsorship packages to the team and by failing to comply the Sauber F1 Team would be breaching their contract with both wither one of their drivers and their commercial partners.
© Ben Johnston 2015