Giedo van der Garde
Giedo van der Garde ( born April 25, 1985 in Rhenen, Netherlands) is a Dutch racing driver. He won the 2008 championship of the Formula Renault 3.5. He rode from 2009 to 2012 in the GP2 series. In 2013 he competed in Formula 1.
How many racers also, van der Garde in 1996 began his career in karting and then moved into the Mini - Junior Championship in the Netherlands, where in his second season he won the championship. In the 2000 season, van der Garde drove in Formula A and 2001/2002 in the Formula Super A. 2002 Giedo was also champion in this racing series.
For Van Amersfoort Racing van der Garde launched in 2003 in the Dutch Formula Renault and immediately became fourth in the overall standings. He also finished sixth in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. As of 2004, collected Giedo van der Garde racing experience in Formula 3 Euro Series. In his debut season, the Dutchman went for Signature at the start. He was able to pull two podium finishes and was ninth in the overall standings. 2005 remained van der Garde in the Formula 3 Euro Series and went to the team of the Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg at the start. Van der Garde was again on the podium twice and was also ninth in the overall standings. In 2006 he moved to the ASM team, who with Lewis Hamilton won the Drivers' title in the previous year. Van der Garde was in the season four times on the podium and won the sprint race at the Norisring. Finally, he finished sixth in the standings and has thus been beaten by his team-mate Paul di Resta and Sebastian Vettel.
On 15 December 2006, the Formula 1 team Super Aguri announced that they had Giedo van der Garde as their new test driver Sakon Yamamoto and was only number two. Early February 2007, joined van der Garde surprisingly after a few weeks of Super Aguri to Spyker, where it was used as one of four test drivers. The fact is professional border dispute between Super Aguri and van der Garde lasted, as team owner Aguri Suzuki relied on existing contracts.
In addition to the tests for Super Aguri and Spyker van drove of the Guard in the 2007 season in the Formula Renault 3.5 for Victory Engineering and was sixth in the drivers' standings. In 2008 he went to the same race series for the team P1 Motorsport at the start. With five victories, Van was able to secure the Guard already a race weekend before the season ends the championship.
After his success in Formula Renault 3.5 van der Garde moved to the GP2 team iSport International, for which he went to the start in both the GP2 Asia Series season 2008/2009 as well as in the 2009 GP2 Series season. In the GP2 Asia Series van der Garde finished in twelfth place in the overall standings. In the European GP2 series Dutchman succeeded at the Hungaroring his first victory in the GP2 series. With further victories at Spa- Francorchamps and Monza, he finished the season in seventh place overall. Only Nico Hulkenberg, who won the league title, won more races than van der Garde in the 2009 season.
For the GP2 Series 2010 season van der Garde signed a contract with the Spanish Barwa Addax Team, where he was team-mate Sergio Pérez of Mexicans. To get to know the Yas Marina Circuit, launched the Dutchman for his team in addition at the second round of the GP2 Asia Series season 2009/2010 and finished at the end of the season 34th in the championship. In the regular GP2 Series remained van der Garde in this season without a win and three second places were his best results. Team Intern he lost the duel against Pérez as he was runner-up with almost twice as many points, and finished the season as the year in seventh place in the drivers' standings.
After van der Gardes failed attempt to switch to Formula 1, he extended his contract with the Barwa Addax team for the GP2 Asia Series season of 2011 and the GP2 Series 2011 season. Was in the GP2 Asia Series he with a second place as best result third in the drivers' standings. In the GP2 Series, he finished with five podium finishes over long distances to second place in the championship. Since he did not scored in the last four races, he fell to fifth place and thus also behind his teammate Charles Pic, who finished fourth, was back. In Valencia he missed a possible victory, because he ignored yellow flags in the lead and was penalized with a drive-through penalty.
2012 took over van der Garde at the Formula 1 team Caterham the position of the test driver and took in this function to some free training part. In addition, van went to the Guard for the GP2 team Caterham in the 2012 GP2 Series season. In the main race in Barcelona, he won his first GP2 feature race since 2009. With another victory and a total of six podium finishes van der Garde was sixth in the drivers' standings. Against his teammates Rodolfo González, who scored only one race, van der Garde sat through clearly.
For 2013 van joined the Guard in his racing team from GP2 team in the Formula -1 strain cockpit of Caterham. He was once again teammate Charles Pic. Making its debut in Australia, he came on the 18th place finish. His best result was a 14th place in Hungary. He finished his first Formula 1 season at the 22nd place overall and thus was subject to his teammate Pic, who was 20.
2014 joined van der Garde within the Formula 1 as test and reserve driver for Sauber. In this role, he will participate in a number of Friday practice.
Van der Garde is supported by his father- Marcel Boekhoorn, a Dutch investor, and its fashion company McGregor.
Van der Gardes permanent race number in Formula 1 is the # 36 He has the number yet used in any race.
- 2007: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2008: Formula Renault 3.5 (Master)
- 2009: GP2 Asia Series (No. 12)
- 2009: GP2 Series (No. 7)
- 2010: GP2 Asia Series ( No. 34 )
- 2010: GP2 Series (No. 7)
- 2011: GP2 Asia Series ( 3rd place)
- 2011: GP2 Series ( 5th place)
- 2012: GP2 Series ( 6th place)
- 2012: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2013: Formula 1 ( 22nd place)
- 2014: Formula 1 ( test driver )