Recently Sauber has settled with Giedo van der Garde for an undisclosed amount of money. In response Giedo released a Statement on Facebook. In this statement Giedo states that his racing career is most likely over, and that he didn’t want to pursue further legal action, partly in fear of ruining the team and its current drivers.
Sauber then released its own statement claiming they were surprised by what Giedo released, and that they don’t know his intentions. Later in their statement they invite everyone to derive their own opinion of what happened no matter how critical.
Well Sauber here is mine, you asked for it. I don’t care how many degrees one may have, and Monisha has at least one. That being none other than a masters in international business law. It doesn’t take a law degree to be able to count to 2, or to realize 3 is greater than 2. Now what did Sauber think was going to happen when they had more contracts than race seats?
Clearly someone will be upset. Then saying that they were surprised by Giedo’s response to the outcome is despicable. Guilting someone into taking large sums of money to settle out of court does not mean you made things right. So don’t expect rainbows and butterflies to fly out of the mouth of the person who’s hopes and dreams you just crushed. If you do, then that ends up making you look even more ridiculous than someone who can’t even count to two.
I have never been a real big fan of Giedo van der Garde, especially after his incident with Mark Webber in the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix. However, people make mistakes, and I respect what Giedo has done with his career. I commend him for making the hard decision that kept a team on the grid for Australia, which in turn let us see Felipe Nasr race!
As for Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn, I wish that they could just admit to their mistakes and appologize rather than just pretending to be surprised. Expecting everyone to believe your feigned bewilderment just insults the intelligence of all fans of Motorsport. I just hope that it doesn’t distort people’s view on women in Motorsports, or Motorsports in general.