Giedo can der Garde announced as Caterham’s third driver
February 5, 2012
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Giedo van der Garde will move to Caterham after 3 years in GP2
Dutch racing driver Giedo van der Garde has been confirmed as the third/reserve driver for the Caterham team.
The 26-year-old will take part in several Friday practice 1 sessions throughout the year. He finished in 5th place in this year’s GP2 championship, having run as high as second in the closing rounds.
Van der Garde was a prospect for the final HRT seat, before he was beaten to the post by Narain Karthikeyan.
Despite missing out on a race seat, Giedo was full of praise for the Caterham team:
"The team [Caterham] is fresh, with some fantastic people here. Tony Fernandes is
extremely ambitious and he has brought in a lot of very good people in to help
grow this team for future success. I’m looking forward to learning and moving
forward with the team in and out of the car.
It’s great for Holland that we again have a Dutch driver who is connected to
Formula 1. Being the only Dutch driver now is very good for the sport in Holland,
as the interest was perhaps on the decline since the [Jos] Verstappen years,
however I hope to generate the same excitement for my country and really bring
Formula 1 to them."