Formula One: Van der Garde won’t race in Melbourne Grand Prix

MELBOURNE: Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde said Saturday he would give up his right to race in the Australian Grand Prix, ending a legal saga which threatened to overshadow the season-opening race.

“With respect to the interest of motorsport, and F1 in particular, I have decided to give up my legal rights to race this weekend at the Melbourne Grand Prix,” the Dutch driver said on his Facebook page.

“As I am a passionate race driver this decision has been very difficult for me,” he wrote, while a Victorian state court confirmed the Australian legal battle had ended.