Germany

Last Race: 20th Jul Germany

Germany GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Valtteri Bottas
3 Lewis Hamilton

Van der Garde: Caterham will fight back

Thursday 4th April 2013

 RSS

Share:

Van der Garde: Caterham will fight back

Van der Garde: Caterham will fight back

Giedo van der Garde believes Caterham can reign in Marussia despite losing out in the early battles between the two backmarker teams.

Having edged Marussia in the first three seasons of the battle, Caterham have fallen behind in the opening stint of this year's Championship.

Yet to beat Marussia's Jules Bianchi, van der Garde at least edged ahead of Max Chilton at the last race in Malaysia.

"The car was hard to drive, especially as the tyre drop off was much higher than my team-mate because the diffuser was gone," the Dutchman told Autosport.

"Like this we still managed to keep me in front of Chilton, so it was good experience. We know where we are at the moment, and we know in Barcelona an upgrade is coming.

"The next two races won't be easy but for after we can make a good step. Marussia has a little advantage but hopefully we can fight them."

However, it's not just Caterham who need to up their game with the 27-year-old rookie admitting he's still learning as well.

"It's how it is at the moment. It's not an easy car but I'm very happy. The team let me learn step by step, all the procedures, the way you drive, the tyres, so for me it has been good.

"It is different. Before in GP2 you wait at the front of the grid, look in the mirror, the cars are coming, first gear and away you go. Here it is like, select neutral and oh shit the lights go on.

"So the philosophy is a bit different but it's where we are at the moment. Race by race it'll get better."

Race Day At The Hockenheimring

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...