van der Garde: Japan crash the biggest of my career

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Giedo van der Garde has said that his crash at the beginning of last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix was one of the biggest of his career as his race came to an end at turn one following a tangle with Marussia’s Jules Bianchi.

van der Garde came together with Bianchi, causing both drivers to go straight on into the wall at the first corner with the Caterham being firmly embedded in the barrier. Thankfully, both drivers were able to walk away unscathed, but the Dutchman attributed this to the high standards of safety in modern day Formula One.

“When I hit the barrier the impact registered around 20g which is by quite a long way one of the biggest accidents I’ve had in my career,” van der Garde explained. “It just shows how far F1 safety has come that I was out of the car and back in the team’s hospitality unit within about 20 minutes.

“When I looked at the shots after the race I realised that it was, honestly, quite a lot of a bigger shunt than it had felt like in the car.”

Although it did register as his first DNF since the Canadian Grand Prix back in June, van der Garde was thankful to have escaped unharmed, and he is hoping to bounce back at next weekend’s Indian Grand Prix.

“It’s going to be hot and hotter track conditions have suited us all year so the aim is to maintain the gap to our nearest competitors throughout the weekend.”