Just minutes before free practice was due to start, Dutchman Giedo van der Garde failed to win his court battle in time to drive for Sauber in the Australian Grand Prix.
He was set to replace Marcus Ericsson at the Swiss squad, alongside Felipe Nasr, and had a seat fitting this morning wearing Ericsson’s overalls.
But lengthy legal wrangles were not resolved this morning, Australian time, and the hearing has been adjourned until this afternoon after the practice sessions in Melbourne have taken place.
Nasr and Ericsson are driving the cars as initially planned for free practice one.
When asked to respond to the news, van der Garde told Sky Sports: “At the moment I cannot comment on anything. Let’s see later, give us a bit of time.”
More to follow from our reporter Adam Cooper, who was in the court room and heard all the evidence this morning.