Van der Garde hoping for rain in Korea
1 October 2013 – Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde says he is hoping for the appearance of rain at the Korean Grand Prix, having impressed in mixed conditions earlier this season.
The Dutchman, whose team currently trails Marussia in the battle for 10th position in the Constructors' standings, starred on a drying track in both Monaco and Belgium to outpace a series of established runners and reach the second qualifying phase.
And with rainfall a possibility this weekend, he is hopeful of further success.
"If it rains then it'll definitely be very interesting," said van der Garde. "Our car likes the wet and two of my highlights this year have been on tracks where it's been going from wet to dry, so it would be good if we could have some more unpredictable weather, even though the boys doing the pack up on Sunday probably wouldn't agree with me!"
Van der Garde is also optimistic that his opening practice appearance at the Yeongam venue 12 months ago will pay dividends when he gets back in the car on Friday.
"Korea's another track where I ran in FP1 in 2012, completing 19 laps which was enough to find my way around and be able to start pushing," he said. "Even though the tyres are different this year, that experience is particularly valuable as it means I'm on it from the start of FP1 and every lap counts in getting the setup right for the weekend."