Sauber remains steadfast that it is not prepared to allow Giedo van der Garde to compete in the Australian Grand Prix on the grounds of safety, despite his successful legal challenge.

The Supreme Court has ruled in van der Garde's favour over Sauber's decision to hand its 2015 F1 race drives to Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, reneging on a previous agreement it had with the Dutchman.

Taking the team to the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne just two days before track action gets underway in Albert Park, van der Garde now stands to drive the Sauber C34, though it isn't clear whether he would replace Ericsson or Nasr.

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Sauber CEO and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, however, maintains she is unwilling to allow a driver to step into the seat at this late stage on the grounds of safety.

"We are disappointed with this decision and now need to take time to understand what it means and the impact it will have on the start of our season.

"What we cannot do is jeopardise the safety of our team, or any other driver on the track, by having an unprepared driver in a car that has now been tailored to two other assigned drivers."

van der Garde wouldn't be alone in driving without much preparation this weekend, with Kevin Magnussen in at McLaren-Honda after only a handful of pre-season laps, while the Manor F1 entry is yet to reveal the car that will be driven by Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.


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How is it acceptable to have a reserve driver who might need to be "inserted" into the car (as with Magnussen) at the last moment, but not to allow VdG to drive on "safety" grounds??? Total hypocrisy on Sauber's part - especially as he was considered safe for FP1 sessions last year...