Giedo van der Garde’s claim on a Sauber race seat for 2015 is set to drag on until tomorrow with the team’s appeal against a decision to allow the Dutchman to race will now be heard at 9.30am on Thursday.
On Wednesday morning in Melbourne Justice Clyde Croft handed down a judgement in favour of Van der Garde, adding that the ruling “applies to the whole of the 2015 Formula 1 Season — not just in relation to the coming few days in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix”.
Sauber quickly moved to appeal the decision, with the hearing was scheduled for 3.15pm on Wednesday afternoon, presided over by Justices Beach, Whelan and Ferguson.
However, when the appeal court convened, a lack of familiarity with the case led to the postponement of the hearing until tomorrow morning.
Following the morning judgement ruling in Van der Garde’s favour, Sauber issued a statement saying that “the outcome is unfortunately not as expected.”
Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn added: “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.”
The team has now made the decision to fight and so the uncertainty around Sauber’s drivers for this weekend and beyond continues. And it could go on for some time tomorrow, with the Van der Garde’s representative being granted two hours tomorrow morning to state their case, lawyers for current drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr having half an hour, and Sauber getting a further one and a half hours to re-state its case.