Van der Garde confident of strong race pace

By on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Giedo van der Garde says that Caterham has the measure of Marussia, despite Jules Bianchi pipping him to 19th place during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

Van der Garde will start the race from 20th place on the grid.

"We went for two runs on the options in qualifying and my first run was okay but there was definitely time to find, particularly in the middle sector," he said.

"We had planned to go for two quick laps but it was clear we could find the time with just one so we went for it and my lap was pretty close to getting as much as I could from the car."

"The tyres weren’t quite working at full performance in sector one, so maybe there was a tenth or two there, but sectors two and three were close to the maximum. Tomorrow we know we have the race pace to pull away from our nearest rivals, so we’ll see how it works out."

Charles Pic will start one place behind Van der Garde and reckons that he lost time due to traffic.

"In qualifying the track had a bit more grip [than practice] but on the first run I couldn’t fully exploit that so we took a bit of front wing out and went for one quick lap on the second run," he said.

"Unfortunately I was stuck between a couple of cars on that lap and couldn’t find the space to put in the time we know is in the car, so ended up 21st.”

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