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van der Garde to drive for Caterham

Giedo van der Garde will form part of an all-new look line-up at Caterham in 2013 teaming up with Charles Pic

Giedo van der Garde is to drive for the Caterham F1 team this year, it has been announced.

The 27-year-old has been in the frame to partner Charles Pic since the 2012 season ended, but he had to wait until today to get confirmation that he will become the first Dutch driver in F1 since Christijan Albers in 2007.

“I am absolutely delighted to confirm that I will be racing in the 2013 F1 World Championship with Caterham F1 Team,” said the GP2 race winner, who last year's was the team's reserve driver, taking in six FP1 practice sessions. “I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.

“I know I am ready to take the step up to F1 and all the work I have done throughout my career, and particularly in the last year with this team, has brought me to my ultimate goal. Throughout 2012 I was able to fully integrate myself into the team, both through the FP1 sessions I ran at a number of tracks that were then new to me, and as reserve driver, fully embedded with the team throughout the season.

“Now I can continue to learn at the highest level of motorsport and show that I am ready for F1. I cannot wait to start work.”

Caterham F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul meanwhile believes the appointment of van der Garde is a 'natural step' given his close links to the squad.

“Everyone in the team is delighted that we can finally confirm that Giedo will be racing for us in the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship. He has been part of our family since early 2012 when he joined our GP2 team and was appointed as reserve driver for the F1 team,” Abiteboul added. “He acquitted himself extremely well in both his GP2 season and his six FP1 sessions, progressively improving his outright pace, technical feedback and his relationship with his engineers and mechanics, giving us the clear justification for promoting him to F1

“This is the next natural step for Giedo with our team. We continue to grow as a team and we are committed to giving young talent across the motorsport industry the chance to grow with us and this is Giedo's opportunity to show he deserves his place at the very highest level of global motorsport.

“He and Charles have been team-mates before so he is an excellent choice to partner Charles in what is going to be another very interesting season, and we are all looking forward to seeing Giedo continue to progress as he takes on the ultimate challenge of F1.”

Related Pictures

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23.11.2012- Free Practice 1,Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Test driver, Caterham F1 Team CT01
05.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Test driver, Caterham F1 Team CT01
13.10.2012- Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Test driver, Caterham F1 Team CT01
Free Practice 1: Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Test driver, Caterham F1 Team CT01

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soaum - Unregistered

February 01, 2013 3:44 PM

has there ever been a season with so many rookie/2nd year drivers? how are we the fans supposed get excited by next years grid? "there goes whats his name followed by new guy being chased down by rich kid closely followed by no hoper"

BMFBW - Unregistered

February 01, 2013 3:44 PM

I know I posted this on another report, but... This is an absolute joke... Chilton Razia Van de Garde Bianchi etc. etc. Then we have left out people such as Kobayashi Algersuari Glock etc. etc. who, arguably (or certainly, in Kobby's case), deserve another chance! Here's another fact - excluding backing by car manufacturers, 10 teams in 2002 had title sponsors (the majority of which being non-tobacco), now it's just McLaren, Mercedes and Force India... BERNIE!!!!!! STOP PRICING EVERYON OUT OF THE SPORT!!!

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