Van der Garde secures Sauber test role for 2014 21 January, 2014 Giedo van der Garde Press Release: The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Giedo van der Garde as its test and reserve driver. The 27-year-old Dutchman had his first taste of Formula 1 from 2007 to 2009, and again in 2012 by testing for various teams. In addition he was able to gain experience during four years of competing in GP2. In 2013 he made his debut in F1. Now he will join the Sauber F1 Team. He will be driving during some Friday sessions and several tests in the 2014 season. Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: “We are happy to have Giedo van der Garde on board. He has four years experience in GP2 and he drove a year in F1. These are good credentials to work successfully with our team. Many times Giedo has shown his talent as a race driver. At the same time the team would like to support him to further develop his skills. Giedo has the right attitude to take the next step forward.” Giedo van der Garde: “I consider this an important step in my career. It is my goal to help the team with the development of the new car. But, of course, I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with the Sauber F1 Team in 2015. After all, my ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in F1, especially in the long term.” ”I am very thankful to Caterham that they gave me a chance to get a taste of F1. I enjoyed a fantastic season with the team and I have learned a lot. The experience gained will surely help me during the rest of my career.” “For now, I am really very excited to have signed a contract with the Sauber F1 Team. For every driver it is a dream to work for a well established team such as Sauber. In recent years it has shown impressive results. I am really grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly do my utmost to succeed.” Subbed by AJN. Content on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.