Further hearings on the dispute between Sauber and Giedo van der Garde will be heard on Saturday as the affair kept the teams’ cars from participating in today’s first practice session.
However Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson took part in the second session for the team despite the Supreme Court of Victoria’s ruling that van der Garde should be allowed to drive for them.
The court will hear the latest development in the case at 9:30am tomorrow, with the final practice session due to begin at 2pm. Both sides have been urged to find a resolution.
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn declined to answer questions on the subject during an FIA press conference today due to the ongoing legal action, but denied it had “any effect” on her position in the team.
“We have a very clear view of what we did,” said Kaltenborn. “We had taken action, after a while we thought about it very well, and for us that was very clear. The outcome here is very different and that’s all I can say to that.”
She said the court case had “a very negative impact on the whole team”.
“The situation was for a while unclear. We now have certain actions taken against the team and we are acting accordingly. There’s nothing much more really I can say to that.”
Kaltenborn also denied the matter had any bearing on the role of Peter Sauber. “This whole matter does not have any effect on the way we work, the way the team works,” she said. “And Peter Sauber is the chairman of our company, he will continue to be in that position, his role has not changed.”
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