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Van der Garde reaches agreement with Sauber

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Giedo van der Garde has agreed not to take part in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix for Sauber, bringing a temporary resolution to the disagreement between driver and team and allowing Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to race.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court of Victoria found that van der Garde was entitled to race this weekend, but without a superlicence he was unable to take part. Sauber then ran a risk of being in contempt of court, but Saturday's hearing led to a settlement in which van der Garde agreed not to pursue his right to take part in the Australian Grand Prix.

"With respect to the interest of motorsport, and F1 in particular, I have decided to give up my legal rights to race this weekend at the Melbourne Grand Prix," he said in a statement. "As I am a passionate race driver this decision has been very difficult for me.

"However I also wish to respect the interest of the FIA, Sauber Motorsport, as well as Nasr and Ericsson.

"My management will continue talks with Sauber early next week to find a mutually acceptable solution for the current situation that has now arisen.

"I am confident such solution will be found and I will inform the media once done."

The team will now be able to travel to Malaysia without the worry of its assets being seized in Melbourne. It will have two weeks to come to a further agreement with van der Garde ahead of the next race.

"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," a team statement said. "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."

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