Van der Garde plays down Caterham reports 12 November, 2012 Giedo van der Garde Nov.12 (GMM) Well-backed Dutchman Giedo van der Garde has played down reports that he is set to be announced as a Caterham race driver for 2013. Van der Garde, who this year contested the GP2 championship for Tony Fernandes’ team, has also been Caterham’s reserve driver in 2012 and has recently been driven the green CT01 in Friday morning practice sessions. Rumours last week, as van der Garde tested the Caterham in Abu Dhabi, suggested thatthe 27-year-old is now on the cusp of securing a full race drive for 2013. “Discussions are ongoing,” van der Garde is quoted by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “On both sides there is the intention to keep working together, and I hope to have clarity within two to three weeks.” Because Caterham stands to lose millions in Concorde Agreement earnings due to falling behind Marussia in the constructors’ championship, it is rumoured that van der Garde could oust the team’s highly rated paid driver Heikki Kovalainen, in an effort to shore up the financial setback of losing the standing in the championship. Subbed by AJN. And according to speculation, Frenchman Charles Pic is the favourite to replace Vitaly Petrov, whose Russian funding has reportedly dried up. Tweet Related NewsCaterham and Frijns part waysCaterham continue to fight for F1 survivalTrulli: Failed small teams gave nothing to Formula 1Caterham allowed to use 2014 F1 car next yearCaterham hopeful buyer will come throughStevens to test with Caterham in Abu DhabiCaterham administrator to probe ex-managementCaterham thanks F1 world for help with comebackStevens to make F1 debut with Caterham in Abu DhabiCaterham: A million thanks to crowd funding investors Grosser Petrov enough money. Worthy of a car Caterham for Petrov?