|Name||Giedo van der Garde|
|Place of Birth||Rhenen|
|Date of Birth||Apr 25th 1985 - 29 years old|
|First Race||Mar 24th 2013 Malaysian F1 GP result|
|Last Race||Nov 24th 2013 Brazilian F1 GP result|
|Best Qualifying||14 - Aug 25th 2013 Belgian F1 GP result|
|Best Result||14 - Jul 28th 2013 Hungarian F1 GP result|
It has been a long time coming but finally Dutchman Giedo van der Garde has arrived in Formula One. The Caterham driver has been impressing in junior formulas, including GP2, for years but without the sponsorship that modern F1 requires, van der Garde had become a forgotten man. However, with the financial muscle behind him now, he finds his big chance.
The 27 year-old has been on the fringes of breaking into the sport for several years. In 2007 he was signed as Super Aguri’s reserve driver, but then just a couple of months later he was announced as reserve driver by Spyker. Van der Garde should have been testing in Australia, but was unable to gain the required super licence, and after a lengthy contract dispute involving Super Aguri, he finally arrived at testing for Spyker at Silverstone circuit.
After a couple of years away from Formula One, in which he became Formula Renault champion, Van Der Garde arrived in GP2 where he would go on to race for four seasons and win five races. Prior to the 2011 season he was hotly tipped to join the Virgin racing team, but lost out to Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio. A year later he was announced as Caterham reserve driver, and has this season stepped up into a race seat replacing the vastly more experienced Heikki Kovalainen.
Van der Garde is the latest of several pay-drivers to occupy the back of the grid, but he is unlikely to disgrace himself. However, nor is he likely to shine.
|19||2013||2013 Brazilian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||18||0|
|18||2013||2013 United States F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||18||19||0|
|17||2013||2013 Abu Dhabi F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||18||18||0|
|16||2013||2013 Indian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||Ret||Accident damage||0|
|15||2013||2013 Japanese F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||19||Ret||collision||0|
|14||2013||2013 Korean F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||15||0|
|13||2013||2013 Singapore F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||16||0|
|12||2013||2013 Italian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||19||18||0|
|11||2013||2013 Belgian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||14||16||0|
|10||2013||2013 Hungarian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||14||0|
|9||2013||2013 German F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||18||0|
|8||2013||2013 British F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||18||0|
|7||2013||2013 Canadian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||21||Ret||Collision||0|
|6||2013||2013 Monaco F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||15||15||0|
|5||2013||2013 Spanish F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||18||Ret||lost wheel||0|
|4||2013||2013 Bahrain F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||20||21||0|
|3||2013||2013 Chinese F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||21||18||0|
|2||2013||2013 Australian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||21||18||0|
|1||2013||2013 Malaysian F1 GP result||21||Caterham||Renault||22||15||0|