HAS HE, OR HASN'T HE? Sauber's Giedo van der Garde is still not assured of a place on the 2015 Melbourne F1 grid. Does he have a superlicence? Image: AFP / Mal Fairclough.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Giedo van der Garde's demand to be allowed to race for Sauber in Melbourne on Sunday (March 15 2015) could stumble at the final hurdle.
The Hollander indeed has a valid contract and, despite the Swiss team's court appeal today (March 12 2015), seems likely to win his legal case. However the question being asked in the Albert Park paddock is: Does the 29-year-old have an F1 superlicence?
SPEED UP PROCESS
Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt said: "His race start in Australia is highly unlikely. He is not in possession of a superlicence. The relevant national automobile club applied for the licence only on Wednesday (March 11) and the process generally takes 14 days."
The German report added that Van der Garde could accelerate the process by claiming "force majeure" but even that required 48 hours before the scrutineering deadline which was Thursday (March 12).
Sauber had announced that it was to appeal against the court ruling that Van der Garde should race after a judge sided with him after he was replaced despite having a 2015 contract.
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