The dispute between Giedo van der Garde and Sauber continues to rumble on as the team placed Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr in the car for FP2.

The Dutchman won a court ruling against Sauber reneging on a deal to drive for the team in 2015, essentially leaving the team with three contracted race drivers - van der Garde, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr - for two race seats just hours before action gets underway.

van der Garde has been seen in the paddock today and arrived to undergo a seat fitting - wearing Marcus Ericsson's overalls - ahead of FP1, though this is potentially to fulfil obligations of the contract as enforced by the Supreme Court this week rather than be a sign of either his race chances or whether he is replacing the Swede rather than Nasr.

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Furthermore, van der Garde's chances of receiving a superlicence to drive the car seems slim now as well, while team principal Monisha Kaltenborn - who is making her first appearance in the paddock this week - is now present but not answering questions.

Though Sauber did not venture out in FP1, despite both Ericsson and Nasr being sat in the car for almost an hour, it did hit the track at the start of FP2 with the two drivers

Meanwhile, van der Garde and Sauber's lawyers returned to court today for more hearings between the two parties, but the case is now due to resume tomorrow morning (Saturday), with all likelihood that a formal resolution will now not be reached until next week, after the race.

Even so, bailiffs could be instructed to move in to seize Sauber's assets if it cannot fulfil its court order to allow van der Garde to drive, which would force it out of the event, while lawyers are reportedly seeking Kaltenborn to be fined or possibly imprisoned, as the case takes another bitter turn.