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Van der Garde joins Super Aguri as third driver 15 Dec 2006

Giedo van der Garde (NDL) has his seat fitting with the Super Aguri Racing F1 Team. Super Aguri Racing F1 Team Seat Fitting, Leafield, England, 13 December 2006. World © Sutton.

Super Aguri announced on Friday that Giedo van der Garde has been appointed as the team’s reserve and test driver for the 2007 season. The 21 year-old Dutch racer, who competed in this year’s F3 Euroseries, is a member of McLaren’s young driver programme.

“I am very happy that I can be involved with the Super Aguri team and get a good drive in Formula One,” said Van der Garde. “When I started karting I always said that I wanted to be in F1, so now I can put my efforts into the team and get to learn about the car. I am looking forward to driving in F1 for the first time.”

Van der Garde started his racing career at the tender age of nine when he began karting in the Mini Juniors Class. After winning the Dutch championship twice, he began competing internationally and for the past three seasons has been racing in the F3 Euroseries with the ASM team.

“We are delighted to have Giedo joining our team,” explained team principal Aguri Suzuki. “He is a young driver with much potential. Formula One, as everyone knows, is not a walk over and in the beginning it will be hard for him. But with his talent I am sure he will overcome this and I hope he works hard and becomes successful in this category too.”

Van der Garde will work alongside Super Aguri’s race drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson as the Japanese squad competes in its second Formula One season.