Giedo van der Garde has reached an agreement with the Sauber team for a race contract this season. They agreed on a reciprocal end after the outcome was uncertain at the time of the Australian Grand Prix. On Thursday before the race, the court ruled that the Dutchman has a valid contract allowing him to perform, but Van der Garde decided on Saturday night to drop his demands and will resume talks after the race weekend. In an official statement on the final deal, he said: "We have reached a settlement with Sauber and my racing contract has ended with the consent of both involved. As a passionate racer, I am definitely sad and disappointed. I have worked hard all my career eight years, all with the goal of becoming a successful Formula 1 racer. I was hoping to be able to show
Sauber's reserve racer Giedo van der Garde was very surprised on Saturday at how quickly Sauber decided on Caterham's newcomer Marcus Ericsson, but said in the same breath that it didn't change anything for him: "For me, this is no obstacle. I get along well with Sauber and because of that my plans remain the same. ”Sauber's reserve racer says that he is still looking for a position as a regular Formula One racer, for which his management is working hard: My management is already working hard on this, but it will be necessary to wait at least another week or two, and certainly not more months, because I expect a decision soon. "
In the first part of the qualifications, Caterham's racer, as one of the few, insisted on dry track tires and thus took an enviable third place. Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton also tried similarly, thus reaching the second part of the qualifications. Van der Garde was only 0,374 seconds behind the leading Alons, which makes it an even greater success, with which he is very satisfied: “It was very slippery, which made it difficult for me to drive back to the pits. When I got to the twelfth or thirteenth turn, it was already so wet that I just said to myself: We'll see what happens. It was difficult, as I did not reach the working temperature either. I tried to turn the tires in the blank more than usual, but then in the last lap everything started to work as it should and that's why here
At today's race, Giedu van der Gard had too little or no tightening of the rear right tire at today's race, which he lost soon after being exported from the pits. Of course, the International Automobile Federation treated this as negligence, or superficiality of the team, which earned a fine of 10 thousand euros. In fact, the official explanation also included the fact that the van der Gardu team had only been told to bring it back to the pits, and it would be correct to stop the car in a safe place. So the team did not act properly and safely enough, and nevertheless van der Garde did not lose much, as he was driving in nineteenth place at the time. However, teammate Charles Pic won the fight with Jules Bianchi at the end of the race and won seventeenth place.
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