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2015-03-13 16:18

POOR TEAM RELATIONS: Sauber's legal battle with driver Giedo van der Garde will continue on March 14. Image: AFP / Marwan Naamani.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Sauber's court battle with Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde was adjourned until Saturday (March 14), leaving both parties in limbo ahead of the season-opening 2015 Australian GP.

A Supreme Court judge agreed to adjourn the case but urged both parties to try and work out a solution.

Supreme Court Justice Clyde Croft said: "I do wish the parties to talk seriously about resolving this matter by agreement."

SAUBER LEGAL BATTLE

Van der Garde's lawyer told reporters there had been "constructive discussions between the parties which are expected to continue this evening" while Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn would not comment on the case.

Kaltenborn said: "It's a topic I cannot talk about."

Sauber did not participate in during the first practice session but took part in the second, with Magnus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr taking part.

Van der Garde, a test driver for Sauber in 2014, has accused the team of reneging on a deal to let him race this season.

He won the initial case and a subsequent appeal but his lawyers launched a contempt of court action against Sauber, forcing the team to comply with the order.

'NEGATIVE AFFECT'

Despite refusing to comment on the case, Kaltenborn did admit the issue had been hard for the team as they prepare for Sunday's race at Albert Park.

Kaltenborn said: "It's definitely a very negative affect on the team, because the situation was for a while unclear. We now have certain actions taken against the team, and we are acting accordingly. There's nothing much more I can really say to that."

Kaltenborn, an Indian-born lawyer, took over as Sauber principal in 2012, becoming the first female team boss in F1 history.

Asked whether she was considering resigning from her position because of the saga, she replied: "This whole matter doesn't have any effect on the way we work, the way the team works.

"I've not considered that."

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