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Singapore Grand Prix: Caterham pair hope experience counts

Caterham pair Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde hope for a solid weekend in Singapore
Caterham pair Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde will hope to make past experience pay when they head to Singapore next weekend for F1's annual night race.

Of those drivers racing for the two teams battling over tenth place in the standings, Pic is the only one to have raced an F1 car under lights before having taken a 16th place finish last year with Marussia.

The Frenchman will aim to try and better that result this time around, with his aim being to try and help Caterham maintain its current advantage over his former team in the standings.

“The European season's now over for 2013 and we're back to the flyaway races, starting with Singapore,” he said. “For me this is one of the best races of the year. It's an amazing city and the fact we race at night obviously makes the whole event unique.

“Last year was my first time racing in Singapore and I had a good race, finishing 16th – this time I'd obviously like to finish higher, but I'm sure it'll be another good week, whatever happens!”

Team-mate van der Garde meanwhile is a former Singapore winner in GP2 and he said he felt confident that the team was in good shape for the street race.

“I have really happy memories of Singapore as the last time I crossed the finish line there in 2012 I won the GP2 sprint race and finished Caterham Racing's season on a real high,” he said. “That was all part of my preparation for F1 and with that experience of the Singapore circuit under my belt I'm really excited about getting back out there in an F1 car!

“On track it's a great challenge, both for me in the car and the whole team. I think this could be one of the circuits that suits us, a bit like Monaco. You need to have the confidence to be able to push around what are usually normal city streets, and I think we showed in Monaco that that sort of challenge is exactly what we like!”




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08.09.2013- Race, Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03
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