van der Garde took advantage of changing conditions in Spa to qualifying 14th and finished the race in 16th place ahead of Pastor Maldonado and both Marussia drivers.
“After the last couple of races I’ll go to Monza feeling positive about the next race and the rest of the season. The whole team had a lot of praise for what we did in Spa” van der Garde said.
Turning his attention to the next race on the calendar the Dutchman feels the high speed, low downforce circuit will benefit their car and give them an edge over main title rivals Marussia.
“it’s a track that could suit us in the fight with our nearest competitors. It’s often hot and it’s the quickest track of the year, one where we run very low downforce settings and that should suit our car.” he said.
The team performed well at last years Italian Grand Prix, finishing above both Marussia and HRT, and are hoping to perform well again this year.
van der Garde said “Last year the team was pretty competitive and we’ll aim to make sure we are again.”.
He’s also believes the should the weather be unpredictable at Monza, the team will be able to replicate the success of last weekend.
“If it’s not hot and we have anything like the conditions we did in Spa then we’ve shown we can take advantage of unpredictable weather, and even though another P3 in Q1 might be unlikely, we still know we can be bold and aggressive when there’s a chance to surprise a few people.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, van der Garde says he is “sure there will be other races this year when we can show what we can do”.
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