Giedo van der Garde
(born April 25, 1985 in Rhenen
) is a Dutch
Van der Garde has a successful karting career, winning the Dutch championship in 1998. In Super A he was best rookie in 2001 and world champion in 2002.
The following year he joined the Formula Renault
2000 Championship and finished sixth, driving for Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing. On the strength of his performance he became part of the Renault F1
Driver Development programme.
He joined the Formula Three Euroseries
in 2004 with Signature-Plus
but after finishing the year ninth he was dropped by Renault Driver Development. A move to Team Rosberg
for 2005 yielded another ninth in the series.
For 2006 he joined the ASM
team, which had dominated the season in 2005 with Lewis Hamilton
and Adrian Sutil
. The team claimed the top two places in the championship once more in 2006 - but it was van der Garde's team mates Paul di Resta
and Sebastian Vettel
who topped the leader board. The Dutchman ended the year sixth with a single victory. During the year he was easily in the top four fastest drivers, but bad luck and mechanical problems, like not even starting the Bugatti Circuit
race from pole because he broke down on the warm-up lap for... Read More