Van der Garde to replace Sutil in Italy FP1

Van der Garde to replace Sutil in Italy FP1

Giedo van der Garde will replace Adrian Sutil at Sauber for first practice at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

It will be van der Garde’s seventh outing for the Swiss team this year. He most recently was at the wheel of the C33 in FP1 at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman previously raced for Caterham last year, but moved to Sauber for 2014 as the Hinwil-based outfit’s reserve driver. He is currently working on returning to the grid next season but has plenty of competition for a seat at his current team.

“It is great to be back again in the cockpit on Friday morning,” he said. “Particularly in Monza, there is always a special atmosphere, and the Italian people are really passionate about motorsport.

“I like this high speed track, and with the new engines and the special aero package we will be very quick on the straights. It is important to have a high straight-line speed, and to be fast through the chicanes.

“We need to find a compromise with the downforce level resulting in a high straight-line speed, but also finding the right set-up for a stable car. During the first free practice session we will test different configurations in order to find the best possible package.

“My favorite corner is Ascari, which is very technical and for me a perfect combination. I believe the spectators will see a lot of oversteering cars there.

“The track has quite high kerbs, while when you brake hard the rear is moving and the car is sliding around. It is good fun, and I look forward to driving there.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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