Van der Garde: We are hoping for rain

Giedo van der Garde is hoping for some rain at his team’s home race in Malaysia.

“For the moment it does look like Marussia are a little bit faster than us but coming to Sepang we have conditions that will suit our cars better,” said van der Garde.

“In testing we found that our car performs quite well in the wet and when we arrived here, in the past two days it has rained at 4pm, which is the time the race starts on Sunday.

“So, with good preparation and some improvements to the car, then with some rain, we can expect a totally different picture here in Sepang.”

The Dutch driver will be sporting a specially designed helmet which will be auctioned off for charity after the race.

“At first we thought of putting the Malaysian flag on it,” van der Garde explained. “But then we found out that the tiger is a special symbol of this country so we went with that. The helmet will be auctioned off for charity after the race.”