Van der Garde to replace Sutil in China FP1

Van der Garde to replace Sutil in China FP1

Giedo van der Garde will replace Adrian Sutil at Sauber for the first practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.Giedo_van_der_Garde_009

It will be the Dutchman’s third appearance for the Swiss outfit after driving the Ferrari-powered C33 during practice one for the Bahrain Grand Prix and on the second day of the following in-season test.

Meanwhile the team has also confirmed that Esteban Gutierrez will use a new chassis for the fourth round of the 2014 season following his dramatic barrel-roll at the last race in Bahrain.

Minor updates will be taken by Sauber to the Shanghai International Circuit, as the team looks to move up the grid and improve reliability after a difficult start to the year.

“Looking back to the last three races, my performance will help me to get the maximum out of the car, in both, qualifying and the race,” said Gutierrez, who failed to finish last year’s Chinese Grand Prix after a crash early in the race.

“With the updates on the car, I hope we can increase our level of competition so we can achieve better results.”

His team-mate Sutil added: “On this track a good balance for the car and a lot of grip on the front axle is needed. I believe the layout should be a good fit for the C33.

“I am positive about the weekend. We have to look forward, and every future race will move us furthermore up to the front.”

Image courtesy of Sauber F1 Team

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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