Awaiting Judgement – Van der Gardde
The case brought by former Sauber driver Giedo van der Garde against the team has been heard in a Melbourne court. The 29-year old claims the team promised him a seat for this season.
But Sauber have chosen Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to be there race drivers for this season. He says the team went back on a promise to give him a race seat for 2015. A Swiss arbitration tribunal had ordered the team to refrain from taking action to deprive Van der Garde from taking part in the 2015 season.
The judgement will be given on Wednesday morning (Tuesday at 23:00GMT) on whether he was unfairly dismissed.
Hamilton contract in final stages
Lewis Hamilton says he is in the final stages of negotiating his new contract with Mercedes. The two time world champion has been doing the dirty work himself after splitting from his mangament.
Hamilton told the Express newspaper “Hopefully we’re in the final stages. I don’t really know what the timeline is. We’re not rushing, but we’re very much in the last stages of it.”
The Brit who is preparing for the dwfence of his title appears to be in control of the talks. But he added that it will not impact on his preparations for the season opener.
Australia season opener until 2020
The organisers of the Australian Grand Prix have signed a contract extention until 2020. The circuit had previously confirmed that it had a deal to remain on the calendar until 2020 anyway.
The organisers of the race have added under the terms of the deal the race must remain a daytime event.
“The contract stipulates in various legal words about Melbourne being the first race and it being a day race. It’s also in the agreement that there’s no artificial light, so it’s not going to go to a night race.” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott explained.
Senna home for £7 million
The former home of three times world champion Ayrton Senna has gone on the market for nearly £7 million.
The villa which Senna designed has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home cinema and a games den. It is belived that when he died in 1994 that his former girlfriend, the model Adriane Galisteu. Following his death the street was renamed Avenida Ayrton Senna.
The villa contains a swimming pool, opened planned living area, three bedrooms and garden. Plus a flood lit football pitch, children’s climbing frame, inset trampoline, a four hole putting green.