F1 » Van der Garde: It’s F1 or nothing for 2012

Giedo van der Garde focused on making it into F1 for the 2012 season

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September 20, 2011 6:23 PM

a week or so ago, it was anounced that his father was going to buy into one of the teams. i cant remember which one, but it was a backmarker. that is probably how he expects to be in f1 next year.
anyone can dream!


September 20, 2011 6:33 PM

just checked from 31 august reports, his father in law is a billionaire and there is talk of him buying into lotus renault. he also claims that he is in talks with three teams, so clearly a lot of money is involved.

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

September 20, 2011 7:36 PM

@dartmaster: it's typical of dutch "fans" to speak very negativ about dutch teams, athletes, drivers, riders etc. It has something to do with a collective low self asteem or something like that. We tend to focus on the bad instead of the good in them. We may not have produced many world champions (but some exist!) but like you mentioned there were excellent drivers! Verstappen was very good...his bad luck was that when his moment came, he was up against a Michael Schumacher that was in his prime as a teammate!
Gijs van Lennep won the 24 hours of Le Mans in '71 (with Helmut Marko: only 2 drivers!) and his distance record stood for 39 years!

Bobby B - Unregistered

September 20, 2011 7:45 PM

If drivers like Petrov, Kobayashi, Senna and D'Ambrosio can get a chance in F1 with only mediocre success in their junior career then what should stop Van De Garde from having a go? Afterall, some drivers can often prove their doubters wrong and go on to build a great reputation in F1.

JJJ - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 12:37 PM

Well as a Dutch F1 fan I'd say his best chances are with Williams (look at that sponsor on his cap) or HRT. In junior formulae, despite winning the WSBR championship he did not quite show enough for F1 teams to take a chance on him on racing craft merit (especially last year next to Perez will have put a dent in his record) but he won't be out of place as a paydriver at the back of the grid. He definitely has a better CV than D'Ambrosio for instance who is doing an ok job with Virgin.

I suspect it will be another typical Dutch F1 driver like the dozen or so before him (except Jos Verstappen at Benetton): bring a bag of money, do reasonably ok at the back of the grid for a year or two, run out of cash before a promotion comes along and that'll be that. That's just how it is (so far, maybe Nyck de Vries, Robin Frijns or Max Verstappen have better luck).

toja - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 2:08 PM

I think that having 3 cars/drivers per teem to be a perfect idea: First driver, second driver and paid driver.
After second safety car and restart there should be no more than current 24 cars on track.

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