Van der Garde promoted to Caterham race seat for 2013

Giedo van der Garde

Giedo van der Garde to drive for Ctareham in 2013

Caterham Formula One Team has confirmed that Dutch driverĀ Giedo van der Garde, the team’s 2012 reserve driver, has been promoted to a full-time race seat, completing the team’s 2013 driver line-up alongside Charles Pic and replacing Heikki Kovalainen in the team.

Giedo van der Garde during Friday practice in Brazil last year

Giedo van der Garde during Friday practice in Brazil last year

Giedo’s appointment to the F1 team is the natural step after he spent 2012 competing with Caterham Racing in the GP2 Series, combining his GP2 season, in which he scored six podiums and two race wins, with six FP1 outings for the F1 team.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “Everyone in the team is delighted that we can finally confirm that Giedo will be racing for us in the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship. He has been part of our family since early 2012 when he joined our GP2 team and was appointed as Reserve Driver for the F1 team. He acquitted himself extremely well in both his GP2 season and his six FP1 sessions, progressively improving his outright pace, technical feedback and his relationship with his engineers and mechanics, giving us the clear justification for promoting him to F1.

Giedo van der Garde in the cockpit of the Caterham CT01

Giedo van der Garde in the cockpit of the Caterham CT01

“This is the next natural step for Giedo with our team. We continue to grow as a team and we are committed to giving young talent across the motorsport industry the chance to grow with us, and this is Giedo’s opportunity to show [that] he deserves his place at the very highest level of global motorsport. He and Charles have been team-mates before, so he is an excellent choice to partner Charles in what is going to be another very interesting season. We are all looking forward to seeing Giedo continue to progress as he takes on the ultimate challenge of F1.”

Giedo van der Garde: “I am absolutely delighted to confirm that I will be racing in the 2013 F1 World Championship with Caterham F1 Team. I want to thank Cyril, Tony Fernandes, McGregor and everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.

“I know I am ready to take the step up to F1 and all the work I have done throughout my career, and particularly in the last year with this team, has brought me to my ultimate goal. Throughout 2012 I was able to fully integrate myself into the team, both through the FP1 sessions I ran at a number of tracks that were then new to me, and as Reserve Driver, fully embedded with the team throughout the season.

“Now I can continue to learn at the highest level of motorsport and show that I am ready for F1. I cannot wait to start work.” (Caterham)

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  • AAX

    No Offence to Van der Garde and Pic..But given the talent floating about – this has to be the Shittiest line up on the grid. F1 has gotten disgustingly ugly with this pay driver business!

  • Jet Set

    How do they want to develop their car for 2014 properly?

    There’s no driver in charge who has any formula 1 experience, whatsoever.
    Both with Caterham and Marussia,at this point…

  • Jet Set

    Pic has driven only one single season, van Garde a few practices and Razia some test driving?

    As an executive, this lot would not be the kind I’d have much confidence to be able to develop a car…

    You need experience, you just can’t know how an f1 car is behaving under different setups and circumstances with this lack of experience…

  • Jet Set

    One driver has helped built the Caterham / Lotus F1 team from scratch, sacrificing a whole lot for this oh,so loyal team,

    building up his reputation to now be gnereally be called highly-rated, by journalists

    having beaten Lewis Hamiltion at McLaren-Mercedes in a couple of Races, Quali and FP sessions despite being disadvantaged big-time by his team…

    Has beaten Jarno Trulli, one of the best qualifiers in f1 history, with 1 to 1,5 seconds of a gap about the whole season…

    I could go and on…

    But achievements do not seem to count anymore in f1 these days…

    Doesn’t seem to matter for some people…