Dropped driver Giedo van der Garde has sensationally abandoned the legal action that stipulated that the Dutch racer should be awarded a seat with Sauber.
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Van der Garde revealed to BBC Sport that he is still in discussions with the Ferrari-powered team, but the talks have become more amicable between the two parties.
“My management will continue talks with Sauber early next week to find a mutually acceptable solution for the current situation that has now arisen.
“I am confident such a solution will be found,” he explained.
The 29-year-old has put an end to one of Formula One’s most bizarre sagas just in time for Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to compete for the team in Saturday’s qualifying session.
The former Caterham driver had been in court most of the week leading up to the first race of the season, as he felt he should be racing for the team, having signed a contract last year whilst he was their test driver. And the court of appeal agreed with van der Garde, and insisted that he should be in the car for Melbourne.
Incredibly, if van der Garde was not given a seat with the Swiss team, then the team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, was facing being potentially arrested, and the team’s assets may have been seized. However, it not appears that a resolution may finally be on its way.