Van der Garde hoping for 2012 F1 seat

Giedo van der Garde and his management are quietly hopeful their quest for a place in F1 this year bears fruit.

There are much higher-profile candidates for the two remaining race seats at Williams and HRT, but some insiders consider Dutch GP2 driver van der Garde, 26, a likely signing. His manager Jan Paul ten Hoopen doubles as the commercial director of the former F1 sponsor McGregor, a Dutch fashion house, while his father-in-law is the billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn.

“We are a little quiet but we’re working hard,” ten Hoopen told the website. “We will let you know when there is any news.”


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