Giedo van der Garde's legal dispute with Sauber has been deferred until Wednesday (11th March) to see whether he will drive for the Formula 1 team at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, as heard by the Supreme Court of the Australian state of Victoria.

The case was heard in Melbourne on Monday morning but the judgement has been delayed until Wednesday - 11pm Tuesday GMT - which leaves just two days to prepare for the opening practice session at Albert Park.

The Dutch driver claims the Swiss team unfairly dismissed him at the end of last season and feels he was denied a 2015 race seat after acting as reserve driver last season.

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The 29-year-old, who has also raced for Caterham, brought an application to the Australian court after a Swiss arbitration tribunal had ordered the team to refrain from taking action to deprive van der Garde for racing for the team in 2015.

Currently, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are scheduled to drive for the Sauber team for the upcoming Formula 1 season after Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez were both released last season.


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i understood that sauber had an option on GvdG (even if he paid for 2014s role) and took the option in summer (so GvdG didn't look for anonther team up then) but in autum sauber got some better deals offered and took them

ill try to get some clearer information out of swiss newspapers an report back.

greetings from austria