Van der Garde candidate for Caterham and Force India in 2014

Giedo van der Garde

Giedo van der Garde

Rookie driver Giedo van der Garde has emerged as a strong player at the tail-end of the 2014 Formula 1 ‘silly season’.

At the final races of the 2013 season, strong paddock reports suggested the Dutchman’s backing going forwards was stronger than that of his French teammate Charles Pic.

Indeed, in the Dutch press this week, van der Garde’s wealthy backer Marcel Boekhoorn sounded confident that the 28-year-old has a strong future in Formula 1.

“Negotiations are underway, but it will work out,” he insisted.

“I assure you: Giedo will be on the grid next year – 100 per cent for sure,” Boekhoorn told the Quote publication.

Off the back of those reports, it emerged this week that 2013 Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez, backed at the struggling Swiss team this year by Telmex, had visited Caterham’s UK factory.

That would be bad news for Heikki Kovalainen, who was hoping to return to the grid full-time next year with Caterham, despite his lack of sponsorship.

But van der Garde might not be staying at Caterham after all.

Dutch businessman Michiel Mol is a key shareholder at Force India, who are yet to name Nico Hulkenberg’s teammate for 2014.

Mol is quoted as saying that countryman van der Garde is in the running.

“The opportunity is there that Giedo could come to us to drive,” he said.

“I would find that very appealing, but although I do have an interest in Force India, I do not have a say – this is a decision of the management.

“All I can do is convey my enthusiasm about Giedo, and I do so frequently,” smiled Mol. (GMM)

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  • giedo vs perez

    Not only does Sergio bring a big budget to Force India as well. He also brings more speed, talent and experience.
    Mallya wants talent first before money. Sponsorship is a bonus to his budget.

    This article is only to work up a few nerves.

  • captain tortuga

    That is great news! it has been too long we’ve seen a Dutchie driving for a decent team, that is able to score points on a regular bases.

    Since money talks anyway, and most likely the biggest talents don’t even drive F1. (im really starting to believe that there are easily 22 drivers to be found fster than anyone at this moment on the grid) I think it is ok for v/D Garde to buy a seat at FI. He is a good driver, with good speed, and also he is a mature driver. (27/28yo) He outperformed Pic from start to finish of the season.
    Yes the first races Pic was faster, but Pic already had a year under his belt, and also he was granted the newest/quickest parts. V/D Garde did a very steady job.

    Still not as good a Bianchi of course.

  • The Pessimist

    Michie Mol’s stake in Force India is only 15% and he has admitted that he does not have a say in driver selection which is solely taken by Vijay Mallya and looking at things don’t think VDG has even a small chance to land a Force India seat and he should not even think about it considering that he could not drive the much slower Caterham.