Sauber – van der Garde testing crash adds work we ‘didn’t need’

Sauber – van der Garde testing crash adds work we ‘didn’t need’


Sauber have been left rueing Giedo van der Garde’s heavy testing crash last week, with the team now facing more work that it ‘didn’t need’ ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Van der Garde, the team’s reserve driver, brought last week’s in-season test session on Wednesday to a premature close after he crashed heavily at Copse on his final run of the day, badly damaging not only his car, but also the crash barrier at the exit of the fast right-hander.

The Dutchman’s accident has left Sauber, who are still yet to score a point in 2014, with plenty of work to do ahead of the German Grand Prix later this week, according to the team’s head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara.

“The race and the test at Silverstone have left their marks on the team,” said the Italian. “On one side there are positive achievements in terms of overall progress, and on the other hand the amount of wreckage we brought back poses additional work we didn’t need in the preparation for the German Grand Prix.”

Van der Garde, despite his Silverstone testing shunt, will be back in the Sauber C33 this weekend at Hockenheim, running for the Hinwil-based team during opening practice, a moment he is relishing.

“For me it will be the first time running in an F1 car in Hockenheim,” explained the Dutchman. “As the track is fairly close to Holland, I hope to see some Dutch flags around the circuit.

“I like this track. I have raced there quite a lot in Formula 3, and my last time in Hockenheim was in 2012 for GP2. I got pole position, so I am looking forward to going back and to drive there for the first time with the C33.”

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