Formula One used to be about the most talented drivers getting the seats, then it was all about the drivers with the most money getting them and now it appears to be the guy with the best lawyer gets an F1 drive.
Yes, Giedo van der Garde has managed to sue his away onto the F1 grid after the Supreme Court of Victoria ruled he should get the Sauber drive; with the team instead choosing Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson despite van der Garde having a valid contract to race in 2015.
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn’s reaction was unsurprisingly not one of joy:
“We are disappointed with this decision and now need to take time to understand what it means and the impact it will have on the start of our season. What we cannot do is jeopardise the safety of our team, or any other driver on the track, by having an unprepared driver in a car that has now been tailored to two other assigned drivers.”
We’re yet to find out who out of Nasr and Ericsson will get the drop but it’s sure to make for a very awkward relationship of van der Garde does indeed get the drive in Melbourne.
Sauber have unsurprisingly appealed the decision.