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Lawyers for Giedo van der Garde, the Dutch driver who believes he has a contract to race this year, will meet representatives from Sauber with the team’s future on the line.

Lawyers for Giedo van der Garde, the Dutch driver who believes he has a contract to race this year, will meet representatives from Sauber with the team’s future on the line.

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Lawyers for Giedo van der Garde, the Dutch driver who believes he has a contract to race this year, will meet representatives from Sauber with the team’s future on the line.

Sauber were due in court this morning in an attempt to prevent their cars being seized by bailiffs in a row with a dropped driver.

Lawyers for Giedo van der Garde, the Dutch driver who believes he has a contract to race this year, will meet representatives from Sauber with the team's future on the line.

There was even an attempt on yesterday by Van der Garde's lawyers to have Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber's team principal, fined or worse arrested on a day of dramatic developments in the bizarre saga.

Yesterday began with Van der Garde arriving in the paddock for a seat fitting, but Sauber's pairing of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson were still on the rostrum for free practice one.

When neither car emerged, many feared the team's equipment was about to be taken from the Albert Park paddock.

Australian bailiffs were given permission to "enter upon and take possession of the real and personal estate of Sauber" after the court rejected an appeal by the team, prompting a series of last-ditch conference calls.

The Supreme Court of Victoria announced later that there would be a further hearing today. Sauber's cars emerged for second practice, indicating there had been some progress.

Kaltenborn, ironically a former lawyer, faced a series of questions over her position last night.

Asked if she had considered resigning, she said: "I have not considered that." She added: "It's definitely a very negative impact on the team, because the situation was for a while unclear.

"We now have certain actions taken against the time and we are acting accordingly (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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