Friday, 24 April 2015

No F1 return for Van Der Garde

(Sauber F1 Team)

Former Caterham and Sauber F1 Team driver Giedo Van Der Garde will not be making a return to Formula One despite an approach from the Manor Marussia F1 Team according to his manager.

The Dutch driver was due to race for the Sauber F1 Team this season but the Swiss based outfit signed Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to race for them instead and although he won a legal challenge forcing Sauber to allow him to race, Van Der Garde gave up his right to race for the team.

The Dutchman's manager has now confirmed that Van Der Garde is focussed on 2016 and getting a drive in the DTM as well as a drive in the LMP1 Class at the LeMans 24 Hours race.

The Manor Marussia F1 Team who have Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi driving for them and they are according to Van Der Garde’s manager looking for an experienced driver as Merhi has been described as contracted for a short term period such as the opening Grand Prix of the season and it is believed that Van Der Garde was approached to race for Manor Marussia from the Monaco Grand Prix onwards.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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