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Van der Garde eager to conclude Caterham deal

Giedo van der Garde eager to conclude a deal with Caterham for 2013

Giedo van der Garde says he is hopeful of agreeing a deal with Caterham 'soon' on the back of two days of running in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

The Dutch driver has driven for the team in Friday practice at a number of events this season, although he was forced to sit out much of FP1 ahead of the Yas Marina race after an electrical issue.

Van der Garde was however able to complete plenty of meaningful running during two days of action in the three-day test that followed.

The former GP2 racer has been hotly tipped to earn a race seat for 2013 with Caterham still to reveal either of its drivers for next season, and van der Garde said he hoped a deal could soon be done.

"I haven't signed yet but I hope to sign soon," he was quoted by ESPN. "I'm happy here, I think the team is a good bunch of people; they're working really hard and there's still new people coming. I'm quite happy here.

“The team already gave me very good feedback about how I'm doing, how I behave, how my attitude is, how I work with the team, so let's hopefully get forward and sign quickly and get preparation done for next year."



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Giedo van der Garde (NED) Caterham CT01 Third Driver. 07.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 2, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Giedo van der Garde (NED) Caterham CT01 Third Driver. 07.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 2, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Giedo van der Garde (NED) Caterham CT01 Third Driver. 07.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 2, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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Redda Bulla - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 5:20 PM

This guy should have been in F1 years ago, he used to beat Vettel and Hamilton in F3 (look it up on youtube). I just hope the Caterham is a better package next year for him (if he signs!).

JJJ - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 1:17 PM

Obviously as a Dutch fan it would be nice to finally see a Dutchman in F1 again. To be honest I don't think vd Garde is the biggest talent out there, however he should be able to match guys like Petrov, Pic, Senna, DLR, Karthikeyan and arguably Guttierez, Kovalainen and the STR guys. Given what he's done this year for Caterham as a test driver and some decent results for the GP2 team it makes sense to see him get a race seat for next year if he brings the cash. Even moreso when Caterham finishes behind Marussia in the championship.



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