Van der Garde signs as Sauber reserve
21 January 2014 – Giedo van der Garde has signed a test and reserve contract with Sauber for the 2014 Formula 1 season. The Dutchman made his race debut with Caterham last year, but the outfit has overhauled its line-up.
Having shown promise throughout the 2012 GP2 campaign, which featured two victories, and conducted various Friday practice sessions with Caterham, van der Garde made the step up to the top echelon the following year.
He raced alongside Charles Pic during his debut season, but both drivers have been dropped.
"I am really very excited to have signed a contract with the Sauber F1 Team," explained van der Garde.
"For every driver it is a dream to work for a well established team such as Sauber. In recent years it has shown impressive results. I am really grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly do my upmost to succeed."
The 28-year-old, who is scheduled to take part in "some Friday sessions and several tests" this season, added: "It is my goal to help with the development of the new car. But, of course, I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with Sauber in 2015.
"My ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in F1, especially in the long term."
Van der Garde also thanked Caterham for the opportunities the team has given him in recent years.
"I am very thankful to Caterham that they gave me a chance to get a taste of F1," he said. "I enjoyed a fantastic season with the team and I have learned a lot. The experience will surely help me during the rest of my career."
The development paves the way for Caterham to announce its 2014 driver line-up.