Sauber F1 Team has fired back at Giedo van der Garde, after van der Garde released a statement of his own Wednesday morning explaining from his vantage point what happened regarding the termination of his driver contract and settlement.
Sauber has made some interesting word choices in its response. One line in particular – “it would only encourage a mud fight via the media and we will not lend ourselves to that” – really stands out.
Alas, Sauber’s full statement reads as follows:
Dear Sauber F1 Team fans,
Many of you read today’s statement on Giedo van der Garde’s Facebook page. So have we and we were, indeed, rather surprised. We don’t know about Giedo’s intentions. He may try to present himself as a winner, while we had actually hoped to come to rest after our agreement. Giedo decided to take a different approach – the reasoning behind we cannot understand.
We’d have very good answers to the many statements and accusations in Giedo’s post. But to expand on this wouldn’t help our race team nor our fans and partners. It would only encourage a mud fight via the media and we will not lend ourselves to that. The next race in Malaysia is where our focus is and that’s where we will build up on last weekend’s success together with our drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr. All our efforts are drawn to this objective.
With this in mind we’d like to encourage you to form your own opinion about what happened, however critical it may be. From our side we herewith close the matter and look already forward to celebrating future achievements at the race track together with you.
Sauber F1 Team