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.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.