Van der Garde pleased with career best result

By on Sunday, July 28, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Giedo van der Garde's fourteenth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix marks his highest race finish in Formula 1.

The Dutchman started from twentieth place and is pleased with his performance, rating the Hungarian Grand Prix as his best race this season.

"I think it shows that the plan we’d set for this season, about learning and improving race by race, is working as I was right on the pace we’d targeted until about six laps to go when the tyres were pretty much gone.”

"For most of the season my starts have been good and it was the same here. I was ahead of [Valtteri] Bottas by the end of lap one and keeping pace with the pack until my first stop, going onto primes, on lap eight."

"The goal today was to beat the cars we’ve been racing all year, so the second half of  the race was really about consolidating the position we were in past the half-way point.  Obviously the blue flags don’t help us as we’re having to race with one eye ahead and one behind, but we have to deal with them both on track and with the strategy, and I think the plan we had today was just about right.

Van der Garde made a third stop on lap 44 and had to make the last set of mediums last until the end of the race.

"I think the fact I was able to do that shows how my tyre management is improving, and I think the mix of a good strategy and a decent performance in the car combined to make this best day in F1 for me so far.”

His team-mate, Charles Pic completed a two-stop strategy on his way to fifteenth.

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