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Van der Garde shunt gives Sauber added work

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Giedo van der Garde's accident at last week's Silverstone test has given Sauber extra work it "didn't need" ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix.

In the final 30 minutes of the second day of testing at Silverstone, Van der Garde crashed heavily at Copse after losing the rear of the Sauber. He was uninjured but the impact wrecked the rear of the Sauber as well as damaging the crash barriers.

"The race and the test at Silverstone have left their marks on the team," head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara said. "On one side there are positive achievements in terms of overall progress, and on the other hand the amount of wreckage we brought back poses additional work we didn't need in the preparation for the German Grand Prix."

Van der Garde will be back in the car during FP1 in Germany and is looking forward to getting back on track.

"For me it will be the first time running in an F1 car in Hockenheim. As the track is fairly close to Holland, I hope to see some Dutch flags around the circuit. I like this track. I have raced there quite a lot in Formula 3, and my last time in Hockenheim was in 2012 for GP2. I got Pole Position, so I am looking forward to going back and to drive there for the first time with the C33."

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