His Formula One baptism may have been a difficult one, but Giedo van der Garde is pleased with the progress that both he and Caterham have made in the past two races.
In Spain, van der Garde ran strongly before an issue with his left-rear tire forced him to retire, and his good form continued last weekend in Monaco, qualifying a career-best 15th before going on to finish P16 in the race.
“On track I think it’ll be interesting to see where we are after Monaco. I was glad to bring the car home, but after the best Saturday of the year so far we obviously wanted to finish higher up,” the Dutchman said in a team statement. A first lap run-in with Pastor Maldonado forced him to pit early on, and he was the last classified finisher come the checkered flag. Regardless, van der Garde is happy to take the positives out of the weekend.
“Even with that, there were some good signs in the race that we are making decent progress. Personally, for me it was another step in the learning curve, and for the team in general we saw that we’d fixed the rear wing issue we’d found in Barcelona, and had enough pace to get the car into Q2 and to record one of the fastest laps in the race in the early stages.”
van der Garde also believes that the car will be well suited to the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, which will host the Canadian Grand Prix next month.
“Montreal is a medium to low downforce track and with the constant updates we’re making to the package we took to Spain, I think we could be ok.”