UNSETTLING EPISODE: Williams' reserve driver Adrian Sutil may take Sauber to court. Image: Facebook / Glenn Dunbar
GENEVA, Switzerland - Sauber's legal troubles could be set to re-ignite in Spain before the Formula 1 race to be held in Barcelona on May 10.
Ahead of the 2015 F1 season opener the Swiss team found itself in a near-terminal court struggle with Giedo van der Garde.
The Dutchman ultimately escaped with a reported €15-million (the equivalent of about R196-million) in compensation after Sauber reneged on the driver's signed-'n-sealed 2015 race deal.
Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper now reports that, with a near-identical 2015 contract in his pocket, German driver Adrian Sutil is to take action against the team in Barcelona ahead of the F1 race.
Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann said a month earlier: "The problem with Sauber has not been solved. We're still trying to solve it."
Sutil, 32, is now Williams' reserve driver.
Zimmermann said on Monday (Apr 27 2015): "Unfortunately nothing has changed. We're still in discussions with Sauber to find a solution."
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