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Q&A: Giedo van der Garde, Caterham

Yeah, I guess so because we know each other. I know how he is, he knows how I am and we know each other's driving style. We worked well together at Addax because during that year we got the new [style GP2] car with the new tyres and we developed it during the year, so I think it's a good thing. He's fast, he already has one year's experience and I still have to learn from him because of his year's experience, but I think we can help the team go in the right direction.

Crash.net:
You're the 15th Dutch driver in F1 and the first since Christijan Albers in 2007; how do you feel about this?

Giedo van der Garde:
I'm very happy and proud! It's been a very long time since Holland had a F1 driver and you can now also see that the public are happier that we have one so that's good. For me, it's important to be an ambassador for motorsport in Holland because the last few years haven't been easy and with my announcement in F1, it is great for that. I hope that fathers and young kids will start karting again, which is a bit like how I started.

Crash.net:
Who and what inspired you to get into F1?

Giedo van der Garde:
I think it was Jos Verstappen. He was in F1, and that's why a lot of young kids and their dads started racing karts. I hope to get this feeling too, as it'll be good for Holland and good for kart racing.

Crash.net:
Since it was announced that you would drive in F1 this season, how have the Dutch media and public reacted to this?

Giedo van der Garde:
Well, they responded very well but we were also clear to the press and told them straight away that Caterham is still a young team so don't expect us to be in the top teb at every race. It's good for the sport, it's good for me to jump into a team like this because I can learn, get a lot of experience and grow with them, so the Dutch media is very happy and also know the reality of the situation. The public also have taken this very well. A lot of race fans were very happy to have a Dutch F1 driver.

Crash.net:
Given that football is the most popular sport in Holland, do you believe that with time and any success you may have, F1 can outstrip – or at least equal – football's popularity?

Giedo van der Garde:
That's a tough question! That's very hard because I think my first year it's maybe not possible, but I'll try my best so let's see what comes out if it. In Holland though, football is very, very big.

Crash.net:
Although the last Dutch Grand Prix was held at Zandvoort in 1985, if there were to be another, where would you like to see it held and why?

Giedo van der Garde:
At Zandvoort again, it's an amazing track! I've done quite a lot of laps there and I got pole position there in Formula 3. It has a nice layout, but for F1 it's far too small, although I think if the track were bigger and had more of a [modern] F1 layout, the drivers would love it.

Crash.net:
Is there any chance in the future for F1 to return to Holland?

Giedo van der Garde:
Let's hope so, but it won't be easy. If they want one, they're going to have to build a completely new track in a quiet place, not in a town like Zandvoort. The future will tell us!


by George East





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Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham CT03. 21.02.2013.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham CT03. 21.02.2013.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham CT03. 21.02.2013.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham CT03. 21.02.2013.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham CT03 locks up under braking. 21.02.2013.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham F1 Team.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham F1 Team. 21.02.2013.
Giedo van der Garde (NLD) Caterham CT03. 21.02.2013.

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