Heikki Kovalainen

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Last race

14th

  • Brazil 24/11/2013
  • Brazil

Best finish

1st

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Van der Garde to run again during Practice One in India

Dutchman hopes to land a race-seat for 2013 season

Last Updated: 24/10/12 9:55am

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Van der Garde in testing action earlier this year

Van der Garde in testing action earlier this year

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2013 hopeful Giedo van der Garde will be given another opportunity to impress the Caterham team during Friday morning's Practice One in India.

The 27-year-old Dutchman recently performed during the practice sessions at both Korea and Japan, and will once again stand in for Heikki Kovalainen at the The Buddh International Circuit.

"With each session I'm doing I'm getting more comfortable with the car and the team and the feedback I'm getting from the engineers is good, so India's another chance to build on that," he said.

"It's another new track for me but one that looks cool on my simulator, and the other drivers have told me it's better than quite a few of the stop/start type of tracks so I'm looking forward to getting back out on track.

"I'm also really looking forward to going to India. I've never been before and I've always wanted to go to India, plus I'm a big fan of spicy food so it'll be a chance to have a completely new experience, on and off track."

Van der Garde has made no secret of his wish to be promoted from the rank of third driver to a full race-seat in 2013, describing himself earlier this month as "physically and mentally ready" for the challenge. With Vitaly Petrov's position thought to be in jeopardy, and the out-of-contract Kovalainen yet to commit his future to Caterham, it is certainly feasible that a vacancy at the team could emerge for next season, although Van der Garde might well face competition for a seat from the likes of Charles Pic and Bruno Senna.

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