“After the tests we're definitely ready to start racing. We have a good idea of where we're going to start out and I think we have a very interesting season ahead of us. Whatever happens, I'm enjoying myself in Caterham and it's great to be part of a team that has such an exciting future ahead.”
van der Garde is similarly upbeat: “Honestly I can't wait to get started. Melbourne will be my first Grand Prix start and, even though it's taken a while to reach this point, I'm completely prepared and really looking forward to getting back to racing.
“Having spent a lot of time with the team last year nothing was new to me when I moved up to the Race Driver position, but it's still a different world, being a Race Driver rather than a Reserve, but I'm enjoying every minute. I finished off 2012 with a win in Singapore, and, while we're all realistic enough to know we're not going to be fighting at that end of the grid, I also know I want to be in the right position to take advantage of anything that comes my way when the lights go out.
“Over the season, I know Spa is going to be a great race as it's so close to home, but for me the most exciting moment of 2013 will be when the lights go out in Melbourne and everything I've dreamed of for so long comes true. I've worked hard all winter and in the tests to prepare myself and I'm ready, physically and mentally.”
by George East