|Giedo Van Der Garde|
|Born||April 25, 1985||Nationality||Dutch|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
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How many Dutchmen can you name who have made a significant mark on Formula 1?
If you said ‘Jos Verstappen’ you deserve a pat on the back, for ‘Jos the Boss’ took part in 107 races and was on the podium twice for Benetton. But he’s the exception rather than the rule, so the low-lying land will be looking for some high-flying action from the latest Dutchman to try his luck at the top.
Giedo has taken a while to get there: it’s 10 years since he came into single-seaters, spending three years in F3 with such high-profile outfits as Keke Rosberg’s, then moving up to Formula Renault and winning a title with P1 Motorsport in 2008.
Since then he has done the final stages of his apprenticeship in GP2, starting with iSport International in 2009, when he was seventh in the final standings. In 2010 and 2011 Van der Garde was in GP2 again with Barwa Addax, where new Caterham teammate Charles Pic was also his partner for a season.
In 2012 Van der Garde took part in six Friday free practice sessions for Caterham as well as completing a final season in GP2 with their junior team. Wins in Barcelona and Singapore and a total of six podiums for the season helped him to sixth place overall.
He was also test and reserve driver with a couple of teams that came and went very quickly: Super Aguri in 2006 and Spyker in 2007.
“I know I am ready to take the step up to F1,” he maintains, “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.”