Kaltenborn 'impressed' by van der Garde
13 May 2014 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn has told GPUpdate.net that she has been 'very impressed' this year with Giedo van der Garde.
The Dutchman, who competed with Caterham last season, signed as a test and reserve driver for the Swiss squad back in January and thus far has taken part in three Friday practice sessions - in Bahrain, China and Spain - and as well as in the post-race test in Bahrain. He is also in action today (Tuesday) for the post-Spanish GP test.
"I am very impressed with the way Giedo has adapted to our team," Kaltenborn told GPUpdate.net last weekend during the event at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. "His positive attitude is very important in a season in which the cars are fundamentally different compared to those of the previous year.
"He has quickly learned how to drive the new car and has managed to adapt well to the new systems. He has immediately started to improve and that shows he feels comfortable in the car. He gives good feedback, which is of great value to the race drivers and the engineers working on the development of the car. Everybody has been pleasantly surprised by what he has done."
Quizzed on his chances of a race seat with Sauber in 2015, Kaltenborn replied: "We have to let him get experience in this year's car and then we will see how it goes. When the time is right we will make a decision on who will race for us next year."