user icon

Jail was 'a real risk' for Kaltenborn in Van der Garde saga

  • Published on 01 Jun 2015 11:54
  • comments 3
  • By: Rob Veenstra

Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted she feared starting her 2015 season in jail. Until now, the Sauber chief has not spoken at length about the 'Giedo van der Garde saga' that risked derailing the Swiss team earlier this year.

"There was a real risk," Kaltenborn admitted, when asked by UOL Esporte if suggestions the Melbourne court drama could have ended with her imprisonment are true. "Legally, I have my position and we had a decision contrary to that and made a deal, but the story could have been very different," she said.

Kaltenborn, who is a trained lawyer, added: "It was very stressful for me, but it was clear what I had to protect -- my team and my drivers. I was placed in a situation that was totally misunderstood by the media," she said, "but I was not in a position to comment because I had to protect the staff."

She said Dutchman van der Garde, who pressed his claim hard for the race seat, could never have raced in Melbourne because the FIA was "very clear" about him not having a super licence. "We were in a very difficult situation because we couldn't say anything, and yet most people who wrote about it had no idea what was going on but still gave their opinion -- and very strong opinions," said Kaltenborn. (GMM)

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • Aww poor little Monisha, NOT. A real shame this crook was not put behind bars.

    • + 0
    • Jun 1 2015 - 13:37
  • jimac

    Posts: 30

    I agree - I will never support Sauber whilst she has anything to do with the Team.

    • + 0
    • Jun 1 2015 - 14:42
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    Surely we do not know all the facts but we must assume the court did and made their judgement based on that. Personally, I think she got off easy because in the end it was her responsibility.

    • + 0
    • Jun 1 2015 - 18:23

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar