Van der Garde aiming to fight Williams

By on Saturday, October 5, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Giedo van der Garde says his target for the Korean Grand Prix is to fight with the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado.

Van der Garde will start the race from twentieth place, with Bottas and Maldonado in seventeenth and eighteenth.

"Quali was really close! The first run in Q1 was OK but we clearly had some time to make up – not enough to fight the Williams but definitely enough to put us back ahead of [Jules] Bianchi and [Max] Chilton," he said.

"In the end sector one wasn’t as clean as we’d hoped for but the other two sectors were good and it was a very tight fight with my teammate."

"This time he just came out on top so we’ll start the race behind the Williams cars – the aim is obviously to repeat what we did in Singapore and fight them as much as we can. We’ve shown recently that we have the race pace to do that so let’s see what happens tomorrow."

Charles Pic qualified in nineteenth place and said that the team does not yet have the single lap pace to move higher up the grid.

"We went for two runs on the supersofts, going out quite late into the session. The first run was OK but there was definitely time to be found which I managed to do on the second run, finishing up 19th and again clear of our nearest competitors," he said.

"I did have a bit of traffic on the fast lap but even with that we wouldn’t have been able to push the cars ahead too much so we start tomorrow about where we expected and with the car now feeling much better than Friday I’m looking forward to the race."

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