Giedo Van Der Garde Biography: Giedo Gijsbertus Gerrit van der Garde is a Dutch racing driver currently competing for TDS Racing in the 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship. From 2018 to 2021, he raced in the LMP2 class for Racing Team Nederland in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is most known for driving for the Caterham F1 team in Formula One in 2013 and then joining Sauber as a reserve driver in 2014.
Giedo Van Der Garde Biography
Giedo Van Der Garde: Giedo van der Garde was born on 25 April 1985 in Rhenen, Netherlands. Van der Garde was a known karting driver who won the Dutch championship in 1998. He was the best rookie in Super A in 2001 and the world champion in 2002.
Giedo Van Der Garde Wiki
|Name||Giedo Van Der Garde|
|Date Of Birth||25 April 1985|
|Birth Place||Rhenen, Netherlands|
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
Giedo Van Der Garde Personal Life
Van der Garde married his long-term girlfriend, Denise Boekhoorn in December 2013.
Giedo Van Der Garde F1 Career
Van der Garde was admitted to the McLaren Young Drivers Programme in 2006. Van der Garde was confirmed as the Super Aguri F1 team’s test and reserve driver for the 2007 season on December 15, 2006.
Van der Garde was unexpectedly announced as the team’s test and reserve driver by Spyker F1 on February 1, 2007. Super Aguri confirmed on February 2, 2007, that they believed their contract with Van der Garde was still valid, stating, “Super Aguri F1 Team has a good agreement with Giedo van der Garde to drive for the team as Friday and Test Driver for the 2007 FIA F1 World Championship. The SAF1 Team submitted the contract to the Contracts Recognition Board on January 23, 2007. On June 20, 2007, Van der Garde tested with Spyker at Silverstone, indicating that the contract dispute had been resolved. Spyker had planned for Van der Garde to be the team’s Friday driver at the Australian Grand Prix, but he needed more time to obtain the required FIA super license.
Van der Garde became the Reserve Driver for Caterham F1 for the 2012 F1 season on February 4, 2012. The 2012 Chinese Grand Prix marked Van der Garde’s first Friday practice session; he completed six more sessions throughout the 2012 season.
The Sauber F1 Team announced on January 21, 2014, that Van der Garde had joined the team as a reserve and test driver for the 2014 season. In this capacity, he participated in the first free practice session of seven Grands Prix this season.
During events that became public in 2015, Van der Garde claimed that, despite being guaranteed a spot as one of Sauber’s two designated race drivers for the 2015 Formula One season in June 2014, the team informed him in November 2014 that he was no longer needed. The team instead announced Marcus Ericsson & Felipe Nasr as their race drivers for the 2015 season, prompting Van der Garde to file a complaint with the Swiss Chambers of Arbitration Institution in December 2014.
On March 18, 2015, Van der Garde verified that he and Sauber had settled after he gave up his F1 racing rights with the team for good. According to reports, Van der Garde received compensation of USD$16 million in exchange for mutually agreeing to terminate the contract. The controversy continued, however, due to Van der Garde’s statement disclosing more details and indicating that his intention had also been to promote the rights of racing drivers whose contracts are frequently not honored. The Sauber team was surprised by Van der Garde’s post-settlement statement and chose not to comment further.