Van der Garde working on 2012 seat

Giedo Van der Garde

Giedo van der Garde

Jan.10 (GMM) Dutchman Giedo van der Garde and his management are quietly hopeful their quest for a place in Formula 1 this year bears fruit soon.

There are much higher-profile candidates for the two remaining race seats at Williams and HRT, but some insiders consider Dutch GP2 driver van der Garde, 26, a likely signing.

His manager Jan Paul ten Hoopen doubles as the commercial director of the former F1 sponsor McGregor, a Dutch fashion house, while his father-in-law is the billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn.

“We are a little quiet but we’re working hard,” ten Hoopen told the f1today.nl website. “We will let you know when there is any news.”