van der Garde not scared of Marussia

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Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde has dismissed rival team Marussia’s pace ahead of the 2013 Formula One season.

During an interview, the Dutch driver revealed he did not see the team as a threat.

“Not really. Marussia has progressed and Jules Bianchi is a fast guy who can adapt to a car in no time, but we have to wait until Melbourne to see where everyone stands.”

van der Garde will make his Formula One debut at the Australian Grand Prix in ten days time, but at 27, he is the oldest rookie. He does bring a wealth of experience to Caterham, but  opted to play down his early season chances.

“Don’t expect us to be fighting for the top ten straight away. But I do think we have a lot of potential. We will get a major upgrade in Spain, so from that race we should be able to make some big steps.”

Caterham struggled to impress during pre-season as they were consistently outpaced by Marussia, but they did manage to complete an extensive programme in preparation for 2013. The pressure will be on both van der Garde and Charles Pic to deliver this season, and Caterham will be keen to bridge the gap to the midfield. Since entering the sport in 2010, the team has failed to score any points, but with the grid appearing to be closer than ever, this could be a breakthrough season for Caterham.

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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