22 November 2013
Brazilian Grand Prix: Caterham hoping for rain
With tenth overall - and prize money - on the line at Interlagos, Giedo van der Garde reckons that some typical Sao Paulo weather might shake things up a bit.
Giedo van der Garde says that Caterham would rather have a wet race in Brazil in order to create the chaos that could give it a chance of reclaiming tenth place in the constructors' championship.
The Leafield-based team currently sits at the foot of the table, one place away from prize money, with back-of-the-field rival Marussia currently holding the advantage thanks to Jules Bianchi's 13th-place finish from round two of the season in Malaysia, back in March. Tony Fernandes' team needs to at least equal that result to swap places with Marussia, as it has a better record of finishes below that, with three 14th places to Marussia's one.
Given the level of reliability throughout the field, however, van der Garde knows that it will likely take a random element – such as the weather – to bring about change.
“Absolutely!” the Dutchman confirmed, “By pure speed, it's going to be tough in dry conditions and we need some luck. We need some other cars maybe to have a collision or maybe to have a mechanical failure – but rain will help a lot.
“Our car seems to work quite well in the rain, and is also quite competitive here in the dry. We have to give it a big push, the last chance, and hopefully we can do the same as last year.”
The 2012 season, of course, saw Caterham overhaul Marussia inside the final five laps of the season, with Vitaly Petrov getting the better of Charles Pic to clinch eleventh in the race and tenth overall in similar circumstance to the current situation. Pic, of course, is now van der Garde's team-mate at Caterham, while Bianchi is partnered by fellow rookie Max Chilton at Marussia.
Of the quartet, only Bianchi has a deal for 2014, when he will remain with Marussia. Chilton hopes to be his team-mate once again, but is more focused on this weekend than next season.
“I'm not going to speculate any more than people already have,” he insisted, “We've had some good discussions over the last couple of weeks and I'm happy with those conversations. They've gone quite well, so I'm just looking forward to hopefully being back next year and having a bit of a better chance.
“Marussia have been great to me. They gave me the chance to get into F1, and it's not easy for us where we are, but this year I think we've done a pretty stunning job with what we've got. It's not over yet – we learnt that last year here with five laps to go – so we're fingers-crossed, hoping that it can finish well.
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