Van der Garde has no fears over seat
17 April 2013 – Giedo van der Garde says he holds no fears over losing his race seat as the 2013 season progresses, following the news that Heikki Kovalainen is returning to Caterham as its reserve driver to complete practice sessions in Bahrain and Spain.
The 27-year-old Dutchman, who is "100 percent certain" that his place is secure, believes Kovalainen will be able to push Caterham forward in its fight against key rivals Marussia by helping the Leafield-based team with development work.
"I think Heikki will be valuable to us," van der Garde explained to GPUpdate.net on Wednesday. "He has driven in more than one hundred Grands Prix and therefore has a lot of experience. The team is letting him drive the first free practice session in Bahrain in Spain to see what he thinks of the car and what the situation is with the setup. I think he could help us."
When asked about his position going forward, van der Garde said: "I will complete the season, that is 100 percent certain. I have a contract for this year, so I am not worried."
After the opening three races of the campaign, Marussia sits just ahead of Caterham in the overall Constructors' standings by virtue of slightly better Grand Prix finishes.