Giedo van der Garde has dubbed the Hungarian Grand Prix as his best race of the year so far, after the Dutchman finished an impressive 14th ahead of his team-mate Charles Pic and the Marussia duo. At one stage during the race he was even ahead of Valtteri Bottas, such was his competitiveness at the start.
Despite once again being out-qualified by team-mate Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde mastered a sensational start at the back of the pack rising momentarily ahead of Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap. Although the Dutchman soon lost a place to the Williams driver, he continued to overshadow is experienced team-mate. The Caterham duo enjoyed decent tyre wear as they wore on, with both Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde managing to perfect two-stop strategies.
“I’m really pleased with today’s race, for me that was the best race of the year and it’s great to put in a performance like that before we head off for the August break.” Enthused Giedo van der Garde, “For most of the season my starts have been good and it was the same here. I was ahead of Bottas by the end of lap one and keeping pace with the pack until my first stop, going onto primes, on lap eight. The car felt good at that point and the tyre management plan was going pretty well. I think the mix of a good strategy and a decent performance in the car combined to make this best day in F1 for me so far.”
Once again the Caterham duo have managed to completely out-perform arch rivals Marussia during a Grand Prix weekend, however they still remain behind them in the Constructors’ Championship. The Leafield-based outfit will be aiming to continue with their competitiveness when the sport reconvenes at the Belgian Grand Prix after the summer break, with a 13th place or higher the key to leapfrogging Marussia in the Championship.
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