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Giedo van der Garde: I'm really pleased with my race in Hungary, for me that was the best race of the year and it's great to put in a performance like that before we head off for the August break...

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JJJ

July 31, 2013 6:07 PM

Possibly a breakthrough result for vdG to beat his teammate fair and square in a race. In qualifying he's already shown to be able to get close to Pic and even be quicker now and then but in the races so far the pace has been lacking and seemed to drop off dramatically in the last part of the race. I wondered if it was a physical condition issue but after this race in Hungary we can rule that out.

vdG was getting a lot of flack this year that IMO was largely unjustified, particularly if you consider how the media seems to neglect the fact that there are two other drivers on the grid who perform decidedly worse in Chilton and Guttierez. vdG has only been marginally worse than Pic so far this year. Hopefully he can maintain this kind of form and silence the critics.

sodesu

August 01, 2013 12:08 AM

I don't think he's a bad driver, but the problem is that where Chilton and Gutierrez have been constantly bleak, even unexpectedly so in Gutierrez case, van der Garde has shown flashes of quality but then have had absolutely dreadful weekends here and there too. I think his Canada race was probably the worst race performance overall seen by any driver this year. He wasn't just slow, he was genuinely useless, crashing into lapping cars repeatedly etc. But yeah, he's definitely not the worst driver on the grid.

qbasiz

August 01, 2013 7:08 PM

hope he can maintain his seat long enough to iron out the sloppyness. Qualy is usually ok but your gonna start at the back anyway, most of his starts are good, but then he somehow always loses bits from his car and struggles to maintain position. Even though he is only able to race because he hooked the right girl, he has a better record then some of the other paid drivers.

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