Van der Garde unhurt following Silverstone testing crash

Van der Garde unhurt following Silverstone testing crash

Sauber’s Giedo van der Garde remains in the dark over the cause of his late crash, which curtailed the second day of the post-British Grand Prix test.


Van der Garde, who ended the day fourth fastest, had been on his last run of the session when he crashed heavily at Copse, damaging the barrier and bringing testing to a premature end, with 20 minutes still to run on the clock.

The former-Caterham racer was taken to Silverstone’s medical centre after the G-load sensor on his car registered, but was quickly cleared to leave.

“I don’t know what happened,” the Dutchman told “First I had oversteer on the left side, then it went to the other side and I lost it.”

Van der Garde revealed that in light of the FIA’s plans to ban the use of FRIC – front/rear interconnected – suspension for the German Grand Prix, Sauber had tested its 2014 car without the system.

“We changed the philosophy a bit because of the ban coming up,” he explained. “Sometimes [we used it], sometimes not.

“We have to see. If this happens [the system is banned] we have to get prepared.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.