Ahead of the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring F1Zone.net had a chat with Giedo van der Garde about his expectations in this race. “Depends on the rear tyres,” Caterham’s driver simply replied.
The Dutch driver won races at Nurburgring during his pre Formula One career, a performance which he doesn’t expect to repeat again this year.
“Nurburgring is not one of my favorite but it’s a nice track and the first part is very technical. The key here is that you have to be at the limit every corner. I’ve never drive a Formula 1 car here but it’s important when you drove before [in other championships]. You know the track, how it goes, more or less the gears and that helps of course.”
“For the next few races we will bring very small updates because at one point you have to focus on next year. With such a big change of rules you can improve quite a lot,” he explained when asked if Caterham plans to bring any updates for the next rounds.
Talking about how concerned he and his team are after five drivers suffered tyre failures during the British Grand Prix, van der Garde said there’s nothing more important than safety in Formula One.
“It was luck that nothing happened and nobody got hurt. I think it’s good that Pirelli brought new spec of rear tyres and I hope they are more safe. But of course the handling of the car will be difficult. It’s a new change for everybody and we’ll try to adapt as quick as possible.”
Asked if he still needs to save tyres even if he is far away from the leaders, The Dutchman answered without hesitating: “Yes!”
“I don’t know if everybody from the Paddock can say they are full attacking. Maybe they do at the end of the race when they are on low fuel but we cannot. We really have to take care of the tyres.”