Rear locking to blame for Van der Garde exit

By on Friday, March 15, 2013

Caterham F1 Team

Dutch rookie Giedo van der Garde says rear locking on his Caterham CT03 was to blame for him sliding out of FP2 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Van der Garde was on his eleventh lap when he slid off and became beached in the gravel at Turn 3.

"FP1 was good – we got through a decent number of laps and focused mainly on tyre evaluation, running on the mediums for the whole session so we could have a detailed look at degradation levels on that compound," he said.

"FP2 started ok – on the first run I had some understeer that we dialled out for the second run but unfortunately I have a bit of rear locking as I went into T3 and went into the gravel. The anti-stall kicked in before I could get the car back out and that was the end of my afternoon."

Team-mate Charles Pic added that there were no real surprises as the Frenchman finished half a second down on Marussia's Jules Bianchi.

"For our first full day of running that was ok. We definitely have work to do to get where we want to be and we knew where we’d be relative to the cars around us for the early part of the season, so there’s been no real surprises today," said Pic.

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