Van der Garde thanks fans for support following end of Sauber dispute

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Giedo van der Garde has taken to Twitter to thank his fans to their support after his legal dispute with Sauber F1 Team came to an end on Wednesday.

Van der Garde launched legal action against the team over the winter after it breached his contract by not giving him one of its two full-time seats in F1 this season.

Despite winning his case in the Supreme Court of Victoria ahead of last week’s Australian Grand Prix, the Dutchman chose to call a ceasefire on the Saturday before the race in the best interests of the sport.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Sauber and van der Garde had reached an out-of-court settlement, thought to be in the region of $16m. Both sides failed to back down quietly though, sending out final statements to justify their actions.

On Thursday, van der Garde thanked his fans for their support, and even released a tongue-in-cheek picture of his new ‘ride’ for the 2015 season.

With his F1 hopes now in tatters, van der Garde is now considering his options for the 2015 racing season, with a seat in the FIA World Endurance Championship perhaps the most likely outcome for the Dutchman.