Van der Garde returns to familiar Shanghai
9 April 2013 – Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde will race on a circuit where he has previous Formula 1 experience for the first time at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, with the Dutchman having completed the opening Friday practice session 12 months ago.
Van der Garde, whose FP1 appearance last season was his first official outing in the sport, has set his sights on exploring a variety of setup options after struggling for a comfortable car balance at the first two race weekends in Australia and Malaysia.
"China's the next race and we're going back to where I did my first FP1 with Caterham last year, so it's the first track this season I've already driven on in an F1 car," explained van der Garde. "Hopefully it'll be better weather this year as FP1 last year started out wet and was a bit damp for the whole session so I wasn't really able to push.
"It would be good if it was sunny as that would mean we can get the most number of laps done and one thing we are going to be focusing on in China is work on improving our setup options for qualifying, using the practice sessions to give us as many options as possible for the race but also for quali. I didn't have the car behaving exactly as I'd like in either Australia or Malaysia so I want to get that right in China."
After finishing the opening two Grands Prix in 18th and 15th positions respectively, van der Garde sits just ahead of Marussia rival Max Chilton in the Drivers' standings, but behind Caterham team-mate Charles Pic and star rookie Jules Bianchi.