Giedo van der Garde backed for Force India seat
The Dutchman has increased backing from countryman Marcel Boekhoorn
The wealthy backer of Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde insisted his man will remain on the F1 grid in 2014, possibly at Force India.
With several midfield seats still up for grabs Marcel Boekhoorn is confident Van der Garde, who had a solid first year at Caterham, will at least remain where he is for next year.
“Negotiations are underway, but it will work out,” he insisted.
“I assure you: Giedo will be on the grid next year — 100 per cent for sure,” Boekhoorn told the Quote publication.
In the weeks following the final race in Brazil several notable moves have been confirmed including Pastor Maldonado to Lotus and Nico Hulkenberg to Force India, indeed the second seat, most expect could go to Sergio Perez, is a target for the 28-year-old.
“The opportunity is there that Giedo could come to us to drive,” said Dutch businessman Michiel Mol who is a key shareholder in the Force India team.
“I would find that very appealing, but although I do have an interest in Force India, I do not have a say — this is a decision of the management.
“All I can do is convey my enthusiasm about Giedo, and I do so frequently,” smiled Mol.
While that would free up a seat at Caterham his 2013 team-mate Charles Pic is not looking so safe, indeed it is rumoured Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was seen at the factory of the Anglo-Malaysian team this week, the 23-year-old also possesses strong backing from Telmex which would be ideal for the team heading into the V6 era.
Also in the frame is former Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen, the Finn, who raced in the final two races at Lotus, was highly tipped for a return in 2014 as Caterham improve their financial position, the 32-year-old is in the same situation as German Nico Hulkenberg in being a driver struggling to stay in the sport due to a lack of sponsorship.
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