Tander is … well, it’s kind of difficult to explain.
For one, his successes are always a result of his skill – but his failures are always someone else’s fault. He always seems to marginalise the role others play in his victories.
I think Tander has high expectations of himself, and he holds the team to those expectations. But he always seems to concentrate on the failures, and he rarely acknowledges the successes. I also find that he lacks the X-factor that the other drivers have; for example, Lowndes has the never-say-die attitude, Whincup is immune to pressure, and van Gisbergen almost scares the other drivers into giving way. But Tander comes across as clinical and dispassionate in his driving. This presents in a cold and uncaring attitude off the track (unlike some others; Greg Murphy has the same high standards, but he wears his heart on his sleeve).
Likewise, he always seems to claim that he had things under control and that he was never concerned about anything – even when there is evidence to the contrary. I flipped over to Suzuka before the podium, but no doubt Tander claimed that he wasn’t worried about Craig Lowndes (when he was clearly being cautious going into the Chase after his lock-up). In the World According to Garth, he is always in the box seat. Yesterday, he was talking up the importance of being on pole position for the race, but on the grid this morning, he was downplaying the importance of qualifying. Even if he was a lap down, he’d still claim that it was the ideal position to be in. There’s confidence, and then there’s cockiness, and then there’s outright arrogance. Tander stops just short of that last one, so it’s possible to like him, but he tends to embody everything that is Holden and their approach of buying everyone and everything on the grid.