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Van der Garde expects Caterham to be closer to pace in Hungary

Jul 23, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Giedo van der Garde says the nature of the Hungaroring layout should allow Caterham to be more competitive this weekend.

Van der Garde likened the track layout to Monaco, where he started 15th following a rain-hit qualifying session.

“The Hungaroring is a track I’ve always gone well at,” he said, “I’ve won races and had podiums there in GP2 and [Formula Renault 3.5] and now, in F1, it’s tight, twisty and a relatively short lap so it’s a bit like Monaco without the barriers.

“We obviously had our best quali result of the year so far in Monaco and while I doubt the weather will play its part in Hungary as it did on Saturday in Monaco, the track layout and characteristics are still kind of similar and the length of the lap and the reduced reliance on pure aero performance may help us edge closer to the cars ahead.”

Van der Garde said the team have been “aggressively” developing the CT03 since Bahrain and will have more new parts for this weekend’s race.

Caterham are last in the championship after nine rounds. They have finished ahead of Marussia in the last two races but need to finish 13th or higher to move ahead of them for tenth in the championship.

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