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.

Williams confirms Kubica and Sirotkin for Abu Dhabi F1 test

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Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica will enjoy his third Formula 1 test outing with the team at the end-of-season running in Abu Dhabi next week as rumors grow regarding a possible race seat for 2018.

Almost seven years after his last F1 start, Kubica’s remarkable return from severe injuries sustained in a rally accident saw him enjoy two private tests with Renault before completing running with the team in a 2017-spec car in Hungary over the summer.

Reservations over Kubica’s capabilities prompted Renault to pass on giving him a seat, instead opting to hire Carlos Sainz Jr. for next year, only for Williams to become an alternative for the Pole.

Kubica tested a 2014-spec Williams at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring in recent months, and will now sample a 2017 car when he tests at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kubica will share track time with regular Williams racer Lance Stroll and Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin, who has worked with Renault over the past two years but also missed out on a 2018 seat.

“Williams Martini Racing is pleased to confirm it will run Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin for the Abu Dhabi Pirelli tire test, alongside current race driver Lance Stroll,” a statement from the team reads.

“The Pirelli tire test will take place over two days at the Yas Marina circuit during the week following the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“On day one Robert Kubica will drive the FW40 in the morning session, before Lance Stroll takes over in the afternoon.

“On day two Sergey Sirotkin will drive in the morning and afternoon sessions before handing over to Robert in the late afternoon.

“The test is aimed at evaluating 2018 candidate tires on behalf of the Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli.

“Williams is excited to have this opportunity to assess the new tyres across such an interesting range of drivers: Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018, Robert with his huge experience, and Sergey as a very promising young talent in Formula 1.”

Williams denied earlier this week it has signed Kubica to partner Stroll for 2018, but indications are the deal looks very likely to go ahead, subject to the relevant paperwork and contracts being finalized.