2013 Rookies: Giedo van der Garde

Giedo van der Garde has been promoted from Caterham’s test and reserve driver to a full time race seat in 2013.

Van der Garde was announced as a Caterham driver on Friday afternoon at a press conference held in Amsterdam.

The Dutch racing driver spent 2012 as Caterham’s test driver partaking in six free practice sessions for the team. Van der Garde’s best performance was setting the 19th fastest time during FP1 in China, India and Brazil.

His performance in the free practice sessions obviously impressed the Caterham team and helped to secure his race seat for 2013.

The 27-year-old began his racing career in 2003 in the Formula Renault 2000 Masters series where he finished sixth. He then spent three years in the Formula 3 Euro Series before moving to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2007.

In 2007 Van der Garde also tested for the Spyker F1 team and in 2008 went on to win the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Van der Garde then moved to the GP2 series where he would race until 2012. He finished a best of fifth in the championship in 2011 before moving to the Caterham GP2 team in 2012.

Caterham will have an all new line-up in 2013 with the Dutchman joining Charles Pic at the team. It should be expected that Pic will have the upper hand at the beginning of the season, out-qualifying and outracing Van der Garde.

The two drivers may be closer matched as the season ends once Van der Garde settles in at the team and has a better understanding of the car.

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