Van der Garde: I could have stayed at Caterham
21 January 2014 – Giedo van der Garde says he could have extended his contract with Caterham for another season, but felt that joining Sauber as its designated test and reserve driver yielded greater long-term opportunity.
The Dutchman, 28, was announced as a member of the Hinwil-based outfit's driver pool on Tuesday morning, with test outings and Friday practice appearances set to be provided throughout the upcoming campaign.
"Sometimes you have to make a move sideways before you can take two steps forward," van der Garde explained in an interview with GPUpdate.net. "I could have signed a new deal with Caterham but I didn't because this is a better chance for me.
"This is a step sideways, but my future looks a lot brighter at Sauber. This is a team that is always fighting for the points and always puts a decent car on the grid."
Van der Garde added that it is his intention to secure a full-time seat with the team next year: "It won't be easy to watch the other guys race, but the plan is to come back with a vengeance in 2015 as a racing driver at Sauber."
Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson have secured the race seats at Caterham for the new season.