van der Garde believes he has done enough to stay in F1

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Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde believes that he has done enough to secure a second season in Formula One after a string of impressive displays across the last few months.

van der Garde made his debut in Formula One at the beginning of the year, and after a difficult first half of the season, he soon found his feet and became the leading driver from the backmarker teams. However, Caterham is yet to confirm who will be at the team next season as Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Ericsson look to replace van der Garde and teammate Charles Pic for 2014. Nevertheless, the Dutchman is confident that he has done enough to secure his future though.

“I think I’ve shown that I’m a team leader, especially in the second half of the year,” he explained to GP Update. “The team is very satisfied with me and the progress that I’ve made.

“We shall see. We are talking with them as well. My management is quite busy now and hopefully we can have some good news soon.”

Given the fashion in which he outclassed his more experienced teammate during the second half of the season, van der Garde has every right to feel confident about staying in Formula One. His season highlight came during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix when he finished third in Q1 and qualified a season-best fourteenth for Caterham.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”