Sauber announce Van der Garde as reserve driver

2014 F1 season

Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Interlagos, 2013Giedo van der Garde has been announced as Sauber’s test and reserve driver for the forthcoming season.

Van der Garde, who made his F1 race debut for Caterham last year, is stepping back into a non-racing role.

“I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with the Sauber F1 Team in 2015,” said the 27-year-old.

“After all, my ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in Formula One, especially in the long term.”

“I am very thankful to Caterham that they gave me a chance to get a taste of Formula One,” he added.

“For now, I am really very excited to have signed a contract with the Sauber F1 Team. For every driver it is a dream to work for a well established team such as Sauber. In recent years it has shown impressive results. I am really grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly do my upmost [sic] to succeed.”

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said Van der Garde “has the right attitude to take the next step forward”.

“He has four years experience in GP2 and he drove one year in Formula One. These are good credentials to work successfully with our team. Many times Giedo has shown his talent as a race driver. At the same time the team would like to support him to further develop his skills.”

Van der Garde joins Sergey Sirotkin as one of the team’s two test drivers.

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40 comments on Sauber announce Van der Garde as reserve driver

  1. Fixy (@fixy) said on 21st January 2014, 14:55

    Good for the driver, could be better for the team. Sauber is a great team, apart from their 2013 results. Their line-up is uninspiring but should bring them some cash, so I hoped to see a talent as third driver, but van der Garde is a good driver and brings even more money to the team. Still better than Sirotkin as of now.

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