Van der Garde pushing through first two races

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Two finishes in the first two starts represent a decent beginning to Giedo van der Garde’s Formula 1 career. It could have been a lot worse given some of his exploits in the first two rounds with Caterham F1.

The Dutchman’s off course excursion in Friday practice in Melbourne cost him valuable track time. The disjointed qualifying session that started Saturday and ended Sunday also threw him for a loop.

“I think we’re very realistic about where we are at this point of the season, so anything more would have been a bonus, even in those conditions. We made the call to go to inters at the right time and if luck had gone our way a little more then maybe it would have been a different story, but it is what it is,” he explained in his official Formula 1 rookie diary.

Van der Garde and Caterham are primarily battling Marussia at the back of the grid. Neither team has scored points in their histories in the sport, but Marussia’s Jules Bianchi already has a 13th-place finish under his belt at Malaysia.