Van der Garde gets Hockenheim outing

By on Monday, July 14, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will return to the cockpit of the C33 for the first practice session at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Van der Garde last drove the car at the post-race test at Silverstone, although his day ended prematurely when he lost control and suffered a sizeable impact with the barriers.

"For me it will be the first time running in an F1 car in Hockenheim," he said.

"As the track is fairly close to Holland, I hope to see some Dutch flags around the circuit. I like this track. I have raced there quite a lot in Formula 3, and my last time in Hockenheim was in 2012 for GP2. I got pole position, so I am looking forward to going back and to drive there for the first time with the C33."

Van der Garde escaped uninjured from his accident at Silverstone but the damaged sustained to the C33 caused a headache for the team, according to head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara.

"The race and the test at Silverstone have left their marks on the team," he said.

"On one side there are positive achievements in terms of overall progress, and on the other hand the amount of wreckage we brought back poses additional work we didn’t need in the preparation for the German Grand Prix."

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