Giedo van der Garde is a racing driver from Rhenen in the Netherlands, who is spending the 2013 season racing for the Caterham Formula One team.
Giedo made his way through karting, winning the Dutch championship at the age of thirteen, and the Super A series world championship in 2002, at the age of seventeen. He moved to Formula Renault 2000 for the 2003 season, finishing sixth in the championship, before a move to Formula Three Euroseries in 2004, where he finished ninth. In 2005, he moved from Signature Plus to Team Rosberg, with another ninth in the series. In 2006, he moved to ASM, who had an excellent season the previous year with their drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil. Giedo was teamed up with Paul Di Resta and Sebastian Vettel, who finished first and second in the championship, with Giedo in sixth with a single win. His performance being behind that of his team mates was as much to do with bad luck and a series of mechanical issues as it was to do with his driving.
In 2007, he moved with his 2006 team mate, Sebastian Vettel, to Formula Renault 3.5 in the World Series by Renault, where I first saw Giedo race at Donington Park, driving for the Victory Engineering team. Their years were very different; Sebastian only managed seven of the seventeen races, including a win and three other podium places and an overall fifth in the championship – impressive as he raced at less than half of the events – before the call up to the Toro Rosso Formula One team. Giedo finished sixth, after competing in all seventeen races, with two fourth places as his best finishes. He moved to the P1 Motorsport team in 2008, alongside team mate Pippa Mann, and had an altogether better season, with five wins, three second places, and a championship win by 31 points.
Giedo joined the iSport team for the GP2 Asia season through late 2008 and into 2009, and into GP2 for the 2009 series, where he managed three race wins, and a seventh place in the championship behind fellow rookie Nico Hulkenberg. In 2010, he was partnered with Sergio Perez in the Barwa Addax team, and finished seventh in the championship to Perez’s second place. In 2011, Perez moved to Formula One, and was replaced by Charles Pic as Giedo’s team mate. Giedo finished fifth in the championship, behind his team mate, both behind the series champion, Romain Grosjean.
Giedo had been on the fringes of Formula One for some time. In 2007, the Super Aguri and Spyker teams both claimed him as a test driver, seeing him testing at Silverstone. He was a candidate for the Virgin team for a 2011 drive, but lost out to Jérôme d’Ambrosio. He was announced in 2012 as the reserve driver for Caterham, and had six sessions at various races through the season. Alongside this, Giedo was racing in GP2 for Caterham, with a sixth place in the championship including two wins.
In 2013, Giedo had the opportunity to join former team mate Charles Pic in the Caterham Formula One team. It has been a challenging start to Giedo’s Formula One career, not helped by a wheel escaping from his car at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hopefully, that was an incident that will not be repeated.
I was lucky enough to bump into Giedo during lunch at the Young Driver Tests in Silverstone in 2013, through being a guest of Caterham. I limited myself, though, to a single photo…
Giedo’s services were not retained in 2014 by Caterham, and instead, he headed off to be a test & reserve driver for Sauber.
Here are some of my pictures of Giedo over the years. I hope that you like them.
There is a list of my various galleries of Formula One drivers here.
Giedo Van der Garde at the 2014 German Grand Prix
Giedo Van der Garde at the 2013 Young Driver Tests
Giedo Van der Garde in the 2013 British Grand Prix
Giedo Van der Garde in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
Winter Testing 2013
2012 British Grand Prix
2012 European Grand Prix