Van der Garde upbeat over debut season
19 July 2013 – Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde is looking back on the opening nine races of his Formula 1 career with a sense of satisfaction, the Dutchman arguing that he has been making "good progress" since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
After the quartet of flyaway races at the start of the campaign, van der Garde delivered his strongest performance to date on the streets of Monte-Carlo, making the second qualifying phase and going on to finish the race in a personal best 15th position.
Speaking ahead of this week's Young Driver Test, van der Garde explained to GPUpdate.net: "[It’s going] very well. The first four races were mainly about gaining experience. It was quite difficult with the car we had, but we learned a lot in those first races.
"Once we were back in Europe we got the new parts on the car and went to circuits I know well, which also helps. Overall, I think we have shown some nice things and that good progress has been made."
Van der Garde added that his main focus for the remainder of the season is to ensure that the progress he has been making carries through to the final round in Brazil.
"I want to continue the progression I’ve made in the last few races," he said. "At the Nürburgring I had a very good race. Now we will change to different tyres, so we should first take a look at how they are and what we need to change on the car."
Van der Garde trials Pirelli's new rubber on the final morning of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, before handing over to team-mate Charles Pic for the afternoon.