Van der Garde pleased with return to cockpit
4 July 2014 – Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde says he was satisfied with his return to the Formula 1 cockpit during Friday's first free practice session for the British Grand Prix.
The Dutchman, who last turned a wheel at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya almost two months ago, finished the morning outing in 15th position, just under three tenths back on regular driver Esteban Gutiérrez.
"It was a nice session, it was good to be back in the car," van der Garde told GPUpdate.net.
"Always, when you are two months not in the car, it takes you a few laps to come in and feel confident again. But I was pretty happy."
Van der Garde is hopeful that the team will be able to make a sizeable step overnight, with he and Adrian Sutil, who returned for the afternoon session, running different set-ups to compare data.
"The two cars were split today in the way they work and the set-up, so I think there is still some margin to gain," he said.
"Hopefully we can make another step for tomorrow and do a good qualifying. Hopefully we can get two cars into Q2, then we'll race from there. You never know what happens."
Van der Garde will be back in the C33 on the second day of next week's in-season Silverstone test, and is also set to drive during the first free practice session for the German Grand Prix.