Van der Garde gets Abu Dhabi outing

By on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Giedo van der Garde will once again drive for Caterham in free practice.

The Dutch driver will replace Vitaly Petrov in FP1 in Abu Dhabi.

"Abu Dhabi’s the first track I’ll be driving on in FP1 at this stage of the season that I’ve raced on before. With the obvious limits we work under in FP1 that’s a big advantage as it means I’m not having to learn my way around on my first couple of laps, and as we’re usually doing somewhere between 20 to 25 laps in first practice it means I can help the team even more right from the first run", he said.

Van der Garde admits that setting competitive lap times isn't the aim.

"It’s obviously a bit tricky to really show what you can do when you have just one set of tyres and not much more than about 25 laps, but these sessions aren’t about showing how quick I can go, they’re about working to the program set by the team and continuing to learn as much as I can about the step up from GP2 to F1".

Van der Garde added that he is looking forwards to the young driver test that takes place after the race weekend.

"After the Abu Dhabi race I’ll be staying on for the young driver test, and that’ll be another really good step forward in my development – two full days in the car on a track I’ve already driven on, and with a group of people who I’ve worked closely with for the last couple of months will give me a great chance to help the team get as much as they can from the test, and give me the opportunity to keep developing without some of the constraints of a race weekend FP1".


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