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On This Day – 1st February
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Giedo van der Garde revealed
Max Mosely blasts EU
2007: Giedo van der Garde was announced as test and reserve driver for the Spyker F1 team which in itself was not very eventful if it weren’t for the fact that the Dutchman on the day prior to this announcement had still been testing for Super Aguri with whom he had also entered into a test driver contract for the 2007 season.
At first Super Aguri wanted to keep van der Garde and his money and threatened to take the matter to the Contract Recognition Board which is the FIA’s body that is to rule on the legality of driver contracts, but ultimately the Japanese team decided to release him as that helped a lot to deal with Spyker’s aspirations to start legal action in the customer car row that existed between both teams.
And so Giedo van der Garde was confirmed as Spyker’s forth (!) 2007 test and reserve driver and participated to in-season tests at Silverstone and Spa at an alleged rate of USD 90,000/day. In 2012 van der Garde returned to F1 as a test driver for Caterham F1 and he is told to be still in the hunt for their second 2013 race seat, but one has to think that the chances of him ever again being signed by two F1 teams at the time are shrinking.
Here is some footage of what you can do if you got USD 90,000 to spare…Anyone know the circuit?
And again in Spa
2000: In a vigorous reaction against a warning as if the FIA’s practices on the distribution of F1 television rights and on the prohibition for F1 teams to participate in other series were violating the EU competition rules, FIA president Max Mosley in a seething letter blasted the EU for making a ‘hopeless muddle of the facts’ and for being ‘completely confused about the regulation and general functioning of motorsport’.
Despite this letter the EU continued proceedings and in 2001 the FIA was ultimately forced into a settlement that limited its role to that of ‘a sports regulator without influence over the commercial expoitation of the sport’ that could ‘no longer prevent teams to participate in other races’, but all of this only happened after mad Max in a series of follow-up letters made it very clear that a EU conviction would lead to a drastic reduction in the number of European F1 races.
So the writing was not only on the wall here but also in Mosley’s letters. And Adam Parr might want to think twice before continuing to found his current attack on Bernie’s unequal treatment of F1 teams on the very same EU competition rules as these are a boomerang that once again might come back very hard to hit F1 on its European leg…