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van der Garde: I’m having a really good year

Sep 1, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Being a rookie in Formula One is no easy job. The cut-throat nature of the sport means that it is important to make an impact during your first season in order to turn heads and establish yourself as a mainstay on the grid. Despite failing to set the sport on fire, Giedo van der Garde is pleased with his performances so far this year after making his debut in Australia back in March.

“Going back to the summer reflections, the other thing I’m happy about is that I’m basically having a really good year both in and out of the car,” he explained in his ‘Rookie Diary’ on the official Formula One website. “Sure there have been some tough times, but I’ve used those to learn and improve. What I’ve never done is let anything get me down – I’m the same positive guy I’ve always been, and I think the team likes that, likes having someone driving who’s enjoying every lap.”

van der Garde’s positive demeanor has made him a popular member of the paddock, and he has every right to be cheerful following impressive performances in Hungary and Belgium that saw him finish fourteenth and sixteenth respectively. He also produced a remarkable result in qualifying at Spa by finishing third in Q1 by taking on slick tires early.

“We keep growing together and it’s great to see what things like getting into Q2 for the second time after Monaco do for the whole team,” the Dutchman said That’s a great feeling and I’m sure there will be more of that this year.”

You can read Giedo’s complete rookie diary here.

  1. Stephanie Stevens - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Why am I not surprised one bit as to the lack of comments ?

    • indycarseries500 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      He seems like a nice guy and competent but being a backmarker he doesn’t really get much airtime. He seems to be getting on well but not much coverage on that end of the grid.

      Maybe Diff and the boys can give some Motorsports Talk promos during IndyCar and Formula 1 broadcasts to raise the profile of the site.

      • apexassassin - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Someone tell VDG 1.5 decent races does’t make a good year and before they brought Kovi in Caterham were utterly lost.

        Please leave the commentary to the racing coverage… the last thing we need is more unrelated talk and more ads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • apexassassin - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      because NBC’s Spa coverage sucked so bad that they are actually pushing F1 fans to other forms coverage?

      or because Caterham and esp VDG suck balls?

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