Giedo van der Garde gets race drive with Caterham GP2 squad

Giedo van der Garde will remain in the GP2 Series for a fourth season this year after signing for Caterham Racing

Giedo van der Garde gets race drive with Caterham GP2 squad

The 26-year-old Dutchman will combine his race activities with his role as Caterham's Formula 1 reserve driver, which was announced earlier this month.

"I am very happy with our deal with Caterham Racing. I have in the past had some good results in GP2 but this year I am looking forward to winning races and I think I am in the right place to do that here," said van der Garde.

"Considering it was the team's first ever season last year they showed great potential and I hope together we can build on this and win races, lots of them! The link to the Formula 1 team is a great advantage and I am very happy with that.

"I feel it's a big step up from where I was last year. It means I will go to all the Formula 1 races, but I will race a full GP2 season too which keeps me sharp. Now we must make sure we are well prepared for testing and consistently score points throughout the season."

Van de Garde, who has won three GP2 races since 2009 and finished fifth in last year's standings, will be partnered by another series veteran, Rodolfo Gonzalez.

The 25-year-old Venezuelan failed to score a point in a campaign with Trident last year, but he believes the British squad will provide the ideal environment in which to improve as a driver.

"I am incredibly happy to be joining Caterham Racing this year and I can't wait to get going! I had a very successful test with the F1 team in November where they provided me with all the right facilities and a great structure in which to learn," he said.

"In the past perhaps I have not had the right structure or opportunity to develop properly as a driver but I believe this team will provide me with everything I need to help me up my game and have a successful season, in and out of the car. I am confident the technical team is strong and experienced and together we will create a good working environment."

GP2 pre-season testing gets underway on Tuesday at Jerez.

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