Van der Garde withdraws legal action against Sauber

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Dutchman Giedo van der Garde who is persuing his Sauber race seat through court has retracted legal action against the team after the two have come to a temporary agreement on Saturday morning.

The driver has a confirmed driving contract with the Swiss team for 2015, but lacks a superlicense to immediately step into the cockpit. Sauber itself is also not eager to allow van der Garde to drive as they have two other drivers under contract as well.

However, Sauber has allowed van der Garde to do a seat fitting on Friday afternoon and have given permission to follow the team from within the paddock, as a team member. A judge earlier urged both parties to talk to each other and find an agreement.

A statement released today by Sauber confirms talks will continue in the next week, but the team's issues are resolved for at least the Australian GP weekend.

"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.

"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."