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Super Aguri lay claim to van der Garde 02 Feb 2007

Giedo Van Der Garde (NED) Super Aguri F1 Team Test Driver has his first test for Super Aguri F1 Team. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain. 31 January 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Super Aguri have insisted they have a valid contract with test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde after the Dutchman was announced as a tester for the rival Spyker team on Thursday.

Van der Garde was confirmed in Super Aguri’s driver line-up last December and made his test debut with the team at Jerez on Wednesday. However, after completing just four laps with the Japanese squad, he is understood to have signed a Spyker contract in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Outlining their position on the matter, Super Aguri have issued the following statement: "Super Aguri F1 Team has a valid contract with Giedo van der Garde to drive for the team in the position of Friday and Test Driver for the 2007 FIA Formula One™ World Championship. The contract was submitted by the SAF1 Team to the Contracts Recognition Board on 23rd January 2007."