LONDON, Feb 1, 2013 (AFP) - The Malaysian-owned team Caterham announced on Friday that Dutchman Giedo van der Garde will step up from the GP2 series to become their second driver for the forthcoming Formula One season.
The 27-year-old, who had also been employed as Caterham's reserve driver, joins Charles Pic of France in an all-new driver roster.
"Everyone in the team is delighted that we can finally confirm that Giedo will be racing for us in the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship," said Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul.
"He has been part of our family since early 2012, when he joined our GP2 team and was appointed as reserve driver for the F1 team.
"He acquitted himself extremely well in both his GP2 season and his six free practice sessions, progressively improving his outright pace, technical feedback and his relationship with his engineers and mechanics, giving us the clear justification for promoting him to F1."
Giedo van der Garde: “I am absolutely delighted to confirm that I will be racing in the 2013 F1 World Championship with Caterham F1 Team. I want to thank Cyril, Tony Fernandes, McGregor and everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.
“I know I am ready to take the step up to F1 and all the work I have done throughout my career, and particularly in the last year with this team, has brought me to my ultimate goal. Throughout 2012 I was able to fully integrate myself into the team, both through the FP1 sessions I ran at a number of tracks that were then new to me, and as Reserve Driver, fully embedded with the team throughout the season."
The 2013 F1 season begins in Melbourne on March 17.