During the first day of the young driver test at the Abu Dhabi Circuit, Giedo van der Garde got behind the wheel of the Caterham CT01#02. The Dutchman completed 57 laps and was pleased with how the day went. Van der Garde focussed on aero performance, running sensors and different mechanical configurations.
Giedo van der Garde: “I’m pleased with how today went. We were mainly working on aero performance, running sensors and different mechanical configurations on the car in the morning and afternoon sessions and to get the most out of them I had to drive consistently, carefully and not go for outright speed.
“I think the team’s happy with what I’ve done today and physically I feel great after running a good number of laps. After my FP1 session here in Abu Dhabi was cut short it was good to get some really decent time on track and the key thing for me is to keep developing my relationship with the team. There’s still a few tweaks we could make to the setup to suit my driving style a bit more but we have tomorrow to work on a few more setup options, as well as continuing to test parts and aero programs.”