Sauber and the Dutch driver have come to an agreement that sees van der Garde drop his battle to enforce his contract and drive for the team. While the details are not disclosed, the team "paid significant compensation to avoid honouring the contract they had with me [VDG].

While this ends the legal dispute and should ensure there will be no further concern over equipment seizures due to court rulings, it does bring back concerns over Sauber's finances. As has been well publicized, the team is operating on a relative shoestring budget compared to the bigger teams and having to pay compensation likely in the millions of dollars [speculative] will not help their cause. Hopefully their double points finish in Melbourne last weekend is indicative of a good season to come and will help them attract more sponsors to better secure the team's financial future.

The full statement can be found on Giedo's Facebook page.

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