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Giedo Van der Garde has all but given up on his Formula One dream

By Staff Reporter

Giedo van der Garde believes his Formula One dream is likely over after he ended his contract dispute with Sauber by reaching a settlement with the team.

The Dutchman was at the centre of a bizarre storyline in the build-up to last Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, arriving at the Melbourne circuit on Friday ready to drive, despite the team intending to field Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr in the race.

Van der Garde, who drove for Caterham in 2013 and was Sauber's reserve driver last season, held a contract with the team which guaranteed him a full-time drive and had won a series of legal battles.

A deal was struck on the eve of the grand prix, with Van der Garde agreeing to sit out the race, and he announced he had settled the case after receiving "significant compensation".

"I have worked very hard to live my dream and become a successful F1 driver," he said.

"I had hoped to be able to show what I am capable of. This dream has been taken away from me and I know that my future in F1 is probably over."

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