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Giedo van der Garde

25th April 1985 (Age 35)
Rhenen, Utrecht Province
Most recent race (in database):

Formula Super A World Karting Champion in 2002, Guido van der Garde graduated to cars a year later when he finished fourth in the Dutch Formula Renault Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing.

He joined Signature-Plus for the 2004 Formula 3 Euroseries and his Dallara F302-Opel was third at Adria and Brno. He switched to Team Rosberg for the following season for what proved to be a generally disappointing campaign. The exception came at the Lausitzring. Van der Garde qualified his Dallara F305-Opel on pole position and finished second after dicing with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

The Dutchman joined reigning champions ASM for 2006 in what was his third season in F3. He qualified on pole a couple of times, was second in the Zandvoort Masters (again from pole position) and finally scored a breakthrough victory at the Norisring. However, the year was marred by arguments with his team-mates, most notably when he grabbed Paul di Resta by his racesuit at Nürburgring. The Scot won the title with team-mate Vettel runner-up so van der Garde’s sixth was frustrating in comparison.

Success in Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2

Two years in Formula Renault 3.5 finally yielded championship success when he eased to the 2008 title with races to spare when driving for P1 Motorsport. Van der Garde joined iSport for the 2009 GP2 Series and scored three victories on the way to seventh in the standings. The next two years with Barwa Addax included nine podium finishes in the main series but no victory and he was fifth in the 2011 standings.

Van der Garde joined Caterham Racing for the 2012 GP2 season – his fourth campaign at that level. Winner of the feature race in Barcelona after smart work in the pits, he signed off that campaign with victory in the final round in Singapore to come sixth in the championship.

Formula 1 with Caterham

Part of the Renault and then McLaren young drivers programmes early in his career, van der Garde was on the fringes of F1 since being announced as Super Aguri’s reserve driver for 2007. He subsequently defected to Spyker and also tested for Force India, Renault and Caterham.

Van der Garde finally graduated to an F1 race seat in 2013 with the back-of-the-grid Caterham team. He made it into Q2 on two occasions and was a fine 14th on the grid in Belgium after a wet qualifying session. However, he could finish no higher than that all year as the team struggled – losing the all-important 10th position to Marussia.

He was Sauber's reserve driver in 2014 and drove on the Friday of seven Grand Prix weekends. That should have led to a place in the race team for the following season but the Swiss team announced Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson instead. Van der Garde took legal action in Australia in an attempt to force his way into the Sauber C34 before eventually settling the matter out of court.

With F1 opportunities now seemingly at an end, van der Garde switched to the 2016 World Endurance Championship with G-Drive Racing.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2019/2020 World Endurance Championship
Racing Team Nederland
7 0 0 0 41
2018/2019 World Endurance Championship
Racing Team Nederland
8 0 0 0 21st 14
2016 European Le Mans Series 1st -
2016 World Endurance Championship
G-Drive Racing
Extreme Speed Motorsport
4 0 0 0 37th 2
2014 F1 World Championship
Sauber F1 Team
0 (7) 0 0 0 0
2013 F1 World Championship
Caterham F1 Team
19 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 0
2012 F1 World Championship
Caterham F1 Team
0 (6) 0 0 0 0
2012 GP2 Series
Caterham Racing
24 4 6 2
9% win rate
6th 160
2011 GP2 Series
Barwa Addax Team
18 2 5 0
0% win rate
5th 49
2011 GP2 Asia Series
Barwa Addax Team
4 0 2 0
0% win rate
3rd 16
2010 GP2 Series
Barwa Addax Team
20 0 4 0
0% win rate
7th 39
2009/2010 GP2 Asia Series
Barwa Addax Team
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
2009 GP2 Series
iSport International
20 0 3 3
15% win rate
7th 34
2008/2009 GP2 Asia Series
iSport International
10 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 11
2008 World Series by Renault
P1 Motorsport
15 (1) 2 8 5
34% win rate
1st 137
2007 World Series by Renault
Victory Engineering
17 0 0 0
0% win rate
6th 67
2006 F3 Euroseries
19 (1) 2 4 1
6% win rate
6th 37
2005 F3 Euroseries
Team Rosberg
20 1 2 0
0% win rate
9th 34
2004 F3 Euroseries
Signature Competition
20 0 2 0
0% win rate
9th 37