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Giedo van der Garde focused on making it into F1 for the 2012 season
GP2 racer Giedo van der Garde insists it is 'F1 or nothing' for the 2012 season after ruling out another campaign of competing in GP2.

The Dutch driver finished fifth in the standings this season having struggled in the final two meetings of the season in Belgium and Italy – where he managed a best finish of only 13th from the last four races.

That meant he missed out on the chance to finish second in the standings behind Romain Grosjean, ultimately ending the year five points down on series runner-up Luca Filippi.

However, van der Garde insists that he doesn't intend to return to GP2 again next season in an effort to better his fifth place finish, which marked his highest championship position to date despite his late wobble.

“What now? That is the big question,” he wrote in his column for formule1.nl. “It will not be another season in GP2, I am now 26 and need to be realistic. It is Formula One or nothing. My results in GP2 do not say anything about my skills as a driver. Look at Kobayashi and d'Ambrosio, two drivers who are doing well in Formula One, but in GP2 they were nowhere.

“I am ready for Formula One and would love the chance to show what I can do in those cars. They are much better for me than GP2. F1 cars require a much more refined style. That's my style and I hope I can prove it.”



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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.



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