Van der Garde: Sauber right choice
3 February 2014 – Giedo van der Garde has insisted he is convinced he has made the right decision for 2014 after opting to swap an F1 race seat with Caterham for the test and reserve role at Sauber.
“Sauber is a good team,” the Dutchman told GPUpdate.net last week during the opening pre-season test at Jerez in Spain. “The technicians and engineers are nice guys. The way we work is of course completely different from Caterham, but that's only good. I’ll try to learn as much as possible here.”
“The atmosphere at Caterham was always good but it is nice here too,” he continued. “It takes time to adapt to talking in German, but my German is getting better every day. I can understand it well and I try and speak German as much as possible.
“To the outside world Sauber might seem a little stiff, but now I am in the team, I know that is not true. They are all nice people.
“I really feel they have my best interests at heart.”
The 28-year-old confirmed last month that he could have stayed on at Caterham, but reckons the move to a bigger team will benefit him, especially as he is expected to run in several Friday practice sessions and some tests.
“Obviously you learn a lot from driving, but if you are not in the car, there is still much to learn. Moreover [being the reserve driver], I can really think more about what’s being said in the garage and the feedback from the drivers,” he added. “I have noticed already that I am finding that very interesting."
"I think it is not wrong what I’m doing this year, especially with all the new rules. I welcome the opportunity that Sauber has given me.
"I think I’m in a good position,” he concluded.