Van der Garde turned down Caterham for Sauber role

Giedo van der Garde with backer Marcel Boekhoorn

Giedo van der Garde with backer Marcel Boekhoorn

Giedo van der Garde believes that his move from Caterham race driver to Sauber reserve is a step sideways which will result in him returning to the grid in 2015, which is why he turned down an offer from his former team.

Van der Garde told Sport1, “Sometimes you have to take a step sideways to make two steps forward. I compare it with Jasper Cillessen. He spent two years ago at NEC, then sat on the bench for a year and is now at Ajax goalkeeper and in the Dutch team.”

Van der Garde had an option to continue with Caterham which he turned down, “I did not do it, because Sauber is a better option. My goal this year is to show what I can do, and then race in 2015 with Sauber.”

“I’m a driver who wants the maximum. I do not want to drive at the back of the F1 field for another year. I want to score points,” mused the 28 year old Dutchman.

“It’s looking good. This year there are more test days and I may also do some Friday Free Practice driving. And if it is necessary, I am ready to step up,” added Van der Garde. (GP247)

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