Giedo van der Garde remains confident that he can race for Sauber this weekend, despite the team’s ongoing failure to comply with the court ruling.
After today’s appeal by Sauber saw the original judgement upheld the Dutchman insisted that he just wants to get back in the car.
“Sauber has to work with us now, there is no other issue,” he told this writer. “I’m happy that we won and that the court took this case very quickly. I’m very grateful for that. Hopefully we can get to work and get behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to it, it’s been a while.
“It’s been a little tough, but in the end I’ve always been focussed on this. I knew we had a strong case, and I’ve been training very hard for the last three months, so I’m fit and feel strong. The only thing is you had to be quiet, and this we did, we never said anything to anybody, and this is a nice reward.”
Whether or not van der Garde races this weekend there remains the question of what happens in Malaysia. The judge in this week’s case says that his ruling applies for the rest of the season, and when that was questioned by Sauber’s lawyer in today’s appeal the judges suggested that Van der Garde could refer to the Australian ruling in courts in other countries.
“The thing is that yesterday the judge says this applies for every race,” said Giedo. “Let’s see, Malaysia is still far away. Let’s focus on this weekend, and hopefully we can get to the paddock and start to do my seat. It would be nice.”