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Van der Garde joins Sauber as reserve driver

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Sauber has announced that Giedo van der Garde will join its team as a reserve driver this year.

Van der Garde raced for Caterham last year but has had to settle for a reserve role understudying Sauber race drivers Adrain Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez in 2014. However, the team confirmed he will drive some Friday practice sessions and test sessions this year.

"We are happy to have Giedo van der Garde on board," team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said. "He has four years experience in GP2 and he drove one year in Formula One. These are good credentials to work successfully with our team. Many times Giedo has shown his talent as a race driver. At the same time the team would like to support him to further develop his skills. Giedo has the right attitude to take the next step forward."

Van der Garde added: "I consider this an important step in my career. It is my goal to help the team with the development of the new car. But, of course, I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with the Sauber F1 Team in 2015. After all, my ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in Formula One, especially in the long term."

"I am very thankful to Caterham that they gave me a chance to get a taste of Formula One. I enjoyed a fantastic season with the team and I have learned a lot. The experience gained will surely help me during the rest of my career."

"For now, I am really very excited to have signed a contract with the Sauber F1 Team. For every driver it is a dream to work for a well established team such as Sauber. In recent years it has shown impressive results. I am really grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly do my upmost to succeed."

Caterham's drivers are expected to be announced later today.

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