Van der Garde becomes Sauber reserve driver

By on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Giedo van der Garde has joined Sauber as their test and reserve driver for the 2014 season.

Van der Garde raced for Caterham in 2013 but will now switch to Sauber, acting as reserve to race drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez.

The Dutch driver will participate in selected Friday practice sessions and tests for the team.

"I consider this an important step in my career," said Van der Garde.

"It is my goal to help the team with the development of the new car. But, of course, I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with Sauber in 2015. After all, my ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in Formula One, especially in the long term."

"I am very thankful to Caterham that they gave me a chance to get a taste of Formula One. I enjoyed a fantastic season with the team and I have learned a lot. The experience gained will surely help me during the rest of my career."

"For now, I am really very excited to have signed a contract with Sauber. For every driver it is a dream to work for a well established team such as Sauber. In recent years it has shown impressive results. I am really grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly do my upmost to succeed."

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says Van der Garde has the right credentials to be with Sauber.

"He has four years experience in GP2 and he drove one year in Formula One," she said.

"These are good credentials to work successfully with our team. Many times Giedo has shown his talent as a race driver. At the same time the team would like to support him to further develop his skills. Giedo has the right attitude to take the next step forward."

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