Sauber to start in Australia after driver drops case
By Julian Linden
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dutch Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde has dropped his legal action against Sauber, allowing the team to race in this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix without him.
Van de Garde released a statement on Saturday saying that while the issue was still not resolved and talks would resume next week, he had agreed to forgo his right to race this weekend.
The announcement means Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr will drive for Sauber at Albert Park.
"With respect to the interest of motorsport, and F1 in particular, I have decided to give up my legal rights to race this weekend at the Melbourne Grand Prix," Van der Garde said.
"As I am a passionate race driver, this decision has been very difficult for me.
"However, I also wish to respect the interest of the FIA, Sauber Motorsport, as well as Nasr and Ericsson.
"My management will continue talks with Sauber early next week to find a mutually acceptable solution for the current situation that has now arisen."
A test driver for Sauber last year, Van der Garde has accused the Swiss team of reneging on a deal to let him race this season. Continued...