sauber face contempt of court over van der garde
motorsport: Dutch racing driver Giedo van der Garde stands on the brink of driving in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix after Sauber suffered another defeat in their legal battle with the driver.
Van der Garde was axed by Sauber from his role as test driver at the end of last year as the Swiss-based marque employed Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, who were believed to have secured great sponsorship during a time when the team were in financial trouble. But, with a contract from the team stating he was to be given a full-time seat for this season, Van der Garde has pursued Sauber through the courts these past few weeks.
An arbitration panel in Switzerland initially ordered Sauber "to refrain from taking action" that would deny Van der Garde a drive.
That decision was then upheld on Wednesday by the Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, following a hearing on Monday. Although Sauber immediately launched an appeal, that has now been rejected following the latest hearing yesterday.
At present, Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn risks contempt of court proceedings if she decides against reinstating Van der Garde.