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.”
Giedo van der Garde is waiting to hear if he will be Charles Pic’s teammate at Caterham in 2013.
The Dutch GP2 driver completed the 2012 season as the Tony Fernandes-owned team’s regular Friday and reserve driver, and is reportedly now in the running to replace either Heikki Kovalainen or Vitaly Petrov. But, although earlier tipped to run an all-pay-driver lineup for 2013, Caterham’s financial situation has changed since the Interlagos finale, after Russian Petrov’s eleventh place returned the team to the lucrative tenth spot in the constructors’ championship.
Petrov’s performance may be rewarded with a new deal, or Caterham could use the extra money to keep its highly rated salaried driver, Finn Kovalainen. The other option remains the well-funded Dutchman, van der Garde.
“We had hoped for clarification last week, but Caterham has moved the decision forwards,” the 27-year-old told Dutch magazine Formule 1. “The decision is theirs and we can do nothing but wait and see,” added van der Garde. “If all goes well, we will know in two weeks.”
Caterham have confirmed that they have signed Charles Pic on a multi year contract for the 2013 season onwards.
“It is clear that he is a special talent,” said Caterham’s new team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
At present, it is unclear as to who will be partnering Pic at Caterham next season. Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov currently drive for the team however it is rumoured that Dutchman Giedo van der Garde will be given the drive.
Pic’s replacement at Marussia has yet to be confirmed however the F1 rumour mill strongly favours British driver Max Chilton.