May 25th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - The Caterham team was in jubilant mood after Giedo van der Garde qualified 15th for tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix. Van der Garde took part in Q2 for the first time this season after finishing 16th in Q1. In Q2, the Dutch driver ran as high as 6th at one point before ending up 15th fastest, comfortably ahead of the Williams of Pastor Maldonado
Caterham have still not managed to score a point, despite being in their fourth season of Formula One. Part of the challenge has been qualifying, where the car has not been quick enough to put the drivers high enough on the grid to make a realistic challenge for points. Van der Garde's 15th place grid position for tomorrow's race provides the team with its first realistic opportunity of fighting in the midfield in 2013 and could, if circumstances are right, lead to their first points finish.
Giedo van der Garde expressed his excitement after the session: “I’m obviously very pleased to put my name into the Q2 timesheets for the first time this year and I want to thank Tony, Cyril and the whole team for the jobs everyone did today. Honestly, it’s a great feeling, but it’s still part of the learning process for me. I’ve said since the start of the season that I’d make progress, and today showed how far we’ve all come in just six races, and there’s more to come."
He was optimistic about his chances in the race: “Sunday could be very interesting. I start between the two Williams cars of Bottas and Maldonado and I’ve had good starts all year, so hopefully I can have another good launch, avoid anything like the GP2 mess on Friday, and from there anything’s possible. I finished on the podium here last year in GP2 and, while that’s not going to happen this year, we will definitely be racing quite a few cars all afternoon.”
Charles Pic in the other Caterham qualified 18th.