Michael Bailey , Formula One correspondent
Friday, October 18, 2013
Giedo van der Garde believes it will be luck that decides whether Hingham-backed Caterham will regain the coveted 10th place in the constructors’ championship before the 2013 season is out.
Since arriving on the grid in 2010, the Norfolk marque have had a top-10 place – and the extra millions of pounds in revenue that brings – to themselves.
That said, last year it took a remarkable 11th place finish in the final race at Brazil to reclaim the season-long berth from Marussia.
And with Caterham playing catch-up again with just four grands prix left on this year’s calendar, Hingham may need a helping hand to maintain their 100pc top-10 record.
“We need to have luck,” the Dutchman told Autosport. “Of course, we can try different strategies or have rain in a bit of the race, which will help us a lot because those conditions suit the car. But other than that it is pure luck.
“We were so close in Hungary, so close in Korea where we were 14th, but every time it has been one place short. All we can do is keep finishing ahead of them and wait.
“An opportunity will come between now and the end of the championship because guys are fighting hard and a lot of people can make mistakes. So we have to stay calm, not make errors and see where we end up.”
With neither team yet to score a point in their Formula One careers, position comes down to their finishes – something Marussia lead the way with thanks to a best of 13th at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, which was only the second round.
“To be honest, we deserve to be in 10th,” Van der Garde added. “In the beginning, they had a better car but after a few races, especially Silverstone, we have been faster all the time.”
• The results so far – Caterham: 13th x0, 14th x3, 15th x5, 16th x4, 17th x4, 18th x7, 19th x1, 20th x0, 21st x1 (average – 16.6th excluding 5 DNFs); Marussia: 13th x1, 14th x1, 15th x2, 16th x4, 17th x7, 18th x3, 19th x7, 20th x2 (average – 17.3th excluding 3 DNFs).