Van der Garde edged out after pit stop error

By on Sunday, September 8, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Giedo van der Garde believes that a communication error during his second stop cost him a shot at beating team-mate Charles Pic.

Van der Garde was running a two stop strategy but lost time when his Caterham mechanics were not ready in time for the Dutchman's arrival.

"After good starts for most of the season I have to say this wasn’t one of my best, but I overtook the Marussia halfway through lap one and was up with Charles until he pitted for the first time," said Van der Garde.

"I came in a lap later and with a new set of hard tyres the car felt good – my pace was on target and I was easily able to pull away from the cars behind and push on to Charles."

"We were running a two stop strategy and I came in for the second stop when I was given the command to box. There was a communication mistake on the pitwall and when I came in the guys weren’t ready for me which obviously cost me a lot of time and I came out behind [Jules] Bianchi, but I passed him pretty quickly and set about trying to catch my teammate."

"It’s a shame as my pace in the second stint was really good and I’d have had a chance to pass Charles, but sometimes these things happen – that’s racing."

Pic believes that it is now up to Caterham to take tenth place back from Marussia in the Constructors' Championship.

"We’ve shown over the last few races that we definitely have a pace advantage over them, and we have enough races left to keep fighting for tenth place in the championship," said Pic.

"Next we go to Singapore which is going to be an incredibly busy race off-track, and on track I think our car will be suited to the heat and layout of the track."

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