Giedo van der Garde hopeful of continued improvements at Hungary
Giedo van der Garde is hopeful that Caterham can continue improving towards the rear of the order during this coming weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, around the tight confines of the Hungaroring reminiscent of Monte-Carlo without the barriers. It was at the Monaco Grand Prix back in May when Caterham secured their best qualifying result of the year so far.
Although the weather for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix is not expected to be a repeat of the showers witnessed at Monte-Carlo, both Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic are aiming to continue catching the rest of the field in their continued battle for supremacy towards the rear of the order alongside Marussia. Currently the Anglo-Russian outfit sits ahead of Caterham in the Constructors’ Championship, despite a recent dip in performance in relation to their rivals. After the Silverstone test, Caterham will once again bring several upgrades to the Hungaroring in a bid to continue catching the likes of Toro Rosso and Williams.
“It’s [the Hungaroring] tight, twisty and a relatively short lap so it’s a bit like Monaco without the barriers!” Enthused Giedo van der Garde, who qualified 15th at the Monaco Grand Prix. “We obviously had our best quali result of the year so far in Monaco and while I doubt the weather will play its part in Hungary as it did on Saturday in Monaco, the track layout and characteristics are still kind of similar and the length of the lap and the reduced reliance on pure aero performance may help us edge closer to the cars ahead. We will continue the aggressive development plan started in Bahrain and have updates again for Hungary and that’ll help us, particularly on Sunday.”
After both partaking in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone last week along with Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi, Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde are both confident with Pirelli’s new range of tyres ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Frenchman in particular, who drove on the final day along with his Dutch team-mate, believes the tyres degrade much less than the old compounds used during the first part of the season and is therefore hopeful that they will suit the Leafield-based outfit much more.
“After the test last week we’re as prepared as we can be and if we can pick up where we left off in Germany before we had the puncture, I think we can have a good weekend.” Explained Charles Pic, “I think, from what we learned from Silverstone, the revised tyres should suit us as they behaved consistently over both long and short runs, and the deg levels were more manageable than the compounds we’ve been using so far this season.”
For Caterham to rise ahead of Marussia in the Constructors’ Championship this weekend, the outfit requires a 12th place finish or higher. With both outfits’ yet to score points in the Constructors’ Championship, their place in the Championship is dictated by their highest finish in a race, which is so far 13th by Jules Bianchi at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The urgency to finish 10th in the Championship is increased this year, as only the top ten will receive prize money come the end of the season.
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