Sauber says it will continue 'constructive talks' with Giedo van der Garde to find a solution to its bitter legal battle after the Dutchman dropped his bid to race in the Australian Grand Prix.

van der Garde had been pursuing the opportunity to race at Albert Park as per an original agreement with Sauber to procure a full-time race drive for 2015. When Sauber proceeded to sign Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, van der Garde took Sauber to the Supreme Court and won, leaving the team with three contracted drivers and two race seats.

However, with the Australian Grand Prix now well underway, van der Garde has dropped his 'legal right' to his drive in Melbourne.

As it stands, it remains to be seen whether van der Garde will continue the legal battle beyond this event or pursue a different solution. In the meantime, Sauber says it will continue a dialogue with van der Garde in order to find that solution beneficial for both parties.

"The Sauber F1 Team can confirm it has been able to agree with Mr. Giedo Van der Garde that he refrains from driving in the Australian Formula One Grand Prix so it can keep its original planning. The Sauber F1 Team, Mr. Van der Garde and his management will continue to have constructive talks in order to find a mutually acceptable solution.

"The Sauber F1 Team is here to race in the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and that is what the team is now focusing on. In the course of next week we will be able to give more information."

The move means Ericsson and Nasr are permitted to compete in the F1 season opener.



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