Giedo van der Garde praised his Caterham team after qualifying in fifteenth place for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Damp conditions allowed Van der Garde to progress through to Q2 for the first time in his Formula 1 career.
While he flirted with making it through to Q3, Van der Garde edged out Pastor Maldonado and ended up in fifteenth.
“I’m obviously very pleased to put my name into the Q2 timesheets for the first time this year and I want to thank the whole team for the jobs everyone did today. Honestly, it’s a great feeling.”
“For a while we were looking at Q3, but that’s not where we are performance-wise yet, so we’re all really happy with Q2.”
“I start between the two Williams cars of Bottas and Maldonado and I’ve had good starts all year, so hopefully I can have another good launch, avoid anything like the GP2 mess on Friday, and from there anything’s possible. I finished on the podium here last year in GP2 and, while that’s not going to happen this year, we will definitely be racing quite a few cars all afternoon.”
Team principal Cyril Abiteboul says qualifying was the most positive part of Caterham’s 2013 season to date.
“This is one of the good days, the best so far this year for our team. Personally, I’m proud of the work everyone is doing to give us moments like seeing Giedo’s name in Q2,” he said.