MONTREAL, June 9th, 2013 (F1plus/Ernie Black).- Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde had a miserable time in Canada. Qualifying 21st in car 21, with a time of 1.27.110 (over a full second of Vettel's pole time), it wasn't long before his day went from bad to worse on Sunday.
FIA Stewards Garry Connelly, Martin Donnelly, Radovan Novak and Mike Kearne found the Caterham driver to be in breach of articly 20.6 and 16.1 of the FIA F1 sporting regulations.
It appears the young driver ignored blue flags which caused a collision in turn 10. In the end however, the stewards ruled that a 10 second stop and go penalty should be handed down to Giedo which for him must have just made his day that little bit worse before ultimately retiring.
To make matters worse for the Dutch driver, F1Plus has learned that he has received a five place grid penalty for the race in Silverstone for the British GP in two weeks time.
“Today wasn’t a good day for me. I want to say sorry to Mark for the incident we had and I’ll make sure I learn from the stewards’ decision on the five-place penalty for the next race. Sometimes you make mistakes, but the important thing is to accept them, learn from them and move on.
“In the race itself I had a great start, passed four cars and was up to 17th by lap two. We’d started on the supersofts and the first set were done pretty quickly so we boxed on lap eight for a set of mediums and my pace on those for the first few laps was ok. I’m not sure why but not long into the stint the tyre temperatures started coming down and my laptimes dropped straight away. It was pretty frustrating as there was nothing I could do to get them to work so I just had to keep pushing on.
“On lap 33 I came back in for another set of mediums but then I had to box for the stop / go I had from the contact with Mark. The temperatures went straight up after the penalty and I had to come back in almost immediately so we could check the car and they found a visor tear-off in one of the radiators which had been causing problems for most of the race.
“Shortly after that I was heading towards the hairpin with Hulkenberg alongside. I moved over for him but he turned in in front of me in the braking zone and we made contact and that was the end of my race.” Van der Garde Said.