January 21st, 2014 (F1plus).- Giedo van der Garde was appointed today as reserve driver for the Swiss team of Sauber.
The news came the very same say Caterham made official he was not in the line up, which is now formed by Kobayashi and rookie Ericsson.
The 27-year-old Dutchman made his Formula 1 debut last year as part of the Caterham outfit, but he has been involved with the category previously also as reserve driver for Spyker, Force India and Caterham itself.
Like part of the new trend few teams are adopting, Sauber said the driver will see some action during certain Friday practice sessions and several tests in the 2014.
“We are happy to have Giedo van der Garde on board. He has four years experience in GP2 and he drove one year in Formula One. These are good credentials to work successfully with our team.
“Many times Giedo has shown his talent as a race driver. At the same time the team would like to support him to further develop his skills.
“Giedo has the right attitude to take the next step forward.” Said, Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal .
With this move the Garde manages to stay within the Formula 1 which representsan opportunity to cement connections and earn himself an official seat in the future.
“I consider this an important step in my career. It is my goal to help the team with the development of the new car. But, of course, I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with the Sauber F1 Team in 2015.
“After all, my ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in Formula One, especially in the long term.” Giedo van der Garde said.
Many believe this could be a good decision made by the driver. In the past other drivers have followed the same route (Alonso to name one) of being third driver for a stronger team and then gain a spot.
“For every driver it is a dream to work for a well established team such as Sauber. In recent years it has shown impressive results. I am really grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly do my upmost to succeed.” The Dutchman concluded.