Van der Garde: Japan crash over 20G
15 October 2013 – Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde has revealed that he pulled over 20G in his crash in Japan last weekend.
The Dutchman and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi made contact at the start on the run down to Turn 1. The incident was investigated post-race by the stewards. However, they ruled that neither was ‘wholly or predominately to blame’.
“It was a heavy crash - it was just above 20G. I am still a little bit stiff here and there. But tomorrow everything will be fine again,” he told GPUpdate.net today.
Meanwhile, speaking on Sunday he added: “My start was okay but going into turn one I was squeezed between both the Marussia cars and had nowhere to go. I lost my front wing in contact with Bianchi and then the car went straight off and into the wall. It was quite a heavy impact but I’m ok.
“Obviously that’s disappointing, but it was a racing incident and sometimes these things happen so now we’ll move on to India and push for a better weekend there and for the rest of the season.”
Bianchi was similarly philosophical: “All in all I think this is a weekend that was destined not to come my way, which is a shame as I love the Suzuka Circuit. We did our best to fight back and I was very confident in the way we would approach the race. Unfortunately, as I turned into the first corner on the opening lap, van der Garde hit my rear wing which pushed me off track and into the gravel.
“Nothing more to say really, except my thanks to the team for a lot of hard work this weekend. We’ll be back to do better in India I hope because there are good signs for the car performance.”