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Van der Garde chases improvement in China

Giedo van der Garde hopes to improve in China after a difficult start to his F1 career
Giedo van der Garde has admitted that the handling characteristics of the Caterham have made the opening races of his F1 career difficult.

Throughout winter testing, commentators observed that the team's 2013 challenger, the CT03, suffered from a lack of balance that stemmed from a strong front end but weak rear.

Speaking in the team's event preview for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, van der Garde admitted that this has lead to increased tyre wear which in turn, has not provided him with the chance to perform at his maximum.

“I didn't have the car behaving exactly as I'd like in either Australia or Malaysia so I want to get that right in China,” he commented.

"We had oversteer issues on entry into the corners in Malaysia and Australia and that definitely hit my race pace, particularly as it was impacting on [tyre] degradation levels.”

However, he said that during the three week break between Malaysia and China, the team has worked closely with Pirelli to resolve the tyre wear issues and is keeping an open mind ahead of this weekend's race.

“We've done a bit of work on that [tyre degradation] with Pirelli in Milan and back at Leafield since Malaysia so we'll see what we've achieved when we get to Shanghai,” he concluded.

Van der Garde lies 19th in the driver's standings.

By George East


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24.03.2013- Race, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
23.03.2013 - Free practice 3, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
22.03.2013 - free practice 2, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
16.04.2017 - Race, Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), Pirelli`s President
16.04.2017 - Race, Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), Pirelli`s President
16.04.2017 - Race, Afef Jnifen (TUN), wife of Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of Pirelli
16.04.2017 - Race, Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), Pirelli`s President and his wife Afef Jnifen (TUN)
16.04.2017 - Race, Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), Pirelli`s President
16.04.2017 - Race, Afef Jnifen (TUN), wife of Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of Pirelli and Naomi Campbell (GBR)
14.04.2017 - Free Practice 2, Pirelli Tyres and OZ Wheels
14.04.2017 - Free Practice 2, Pirelli Tyre of Red Bull Racing RB13
13.04.2017 - Pirelli Tyre and OZ Wheel
13.04.2017 - Pirelli Tyres and OZ Wheels
13.04.2017 - Pirelli Tyres
13.04.2017 - Pirelli Tyres
09.04.2017 - Race, Paul Hembery, Executive President of Pirelli Latam Region Consumer
09.04.2017 - Race, Paul Hembery, Executive President of Pirelli Latam Region Consumer
09.04.2017 - Race, Mario Isola (ITA), Pirelli Racing Manager

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