Van der Garde gets penalised for British GP

© F1 Pulse, 11 June 2013
© Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic/Caterham

Giedo van der Garde earned himself a five-place grid penalty for the next round after he was found guilty of colliding with a car which was about to lap him during the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Caterham made contact with Nico Hulkenberg at Turn 13 after the Sauber was forced to use DRS and full KERS in order to overtake the lapped car despite van der Garde being given the blue flags for a whole lap.

“I moved over for him but he turned in front of me in the braking zone and we made contact and that was the end of my race,” van der Garde said.

Former Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly, who was the FIA driver steward for the weekend, along with three other officials concluded that the Dutchman deserved a five-place grid drop for the British Grand Prix.

"Lapping can be troublesome," Hulkenberg said. "I lapped Giedo van der Garde and braked. At first I didn’t feel anything until I came out of the corner and realised the car wasn’t going straight, so we decided to stop."

Earlier, van der Garde was handed a ten second stop-and-go penalty for causing a collision when Mark Webber was about to lap him at the hairpin. A misunderstanding between the two drivers meant that the Red Bull lost a part of his front wing due to the contact when the Caterham shut the door on the Australian driver.

“I want to say sorry to Mark for the incident we had,” van der Garde said. “Sometimes you make mistakes, but the important thing is to accept them, learn from them and move on.”

Webber's race was compromised because of the damage making it difficult for him to hang on to a potential podium.

"The whole top section of the wing was gone on the left hand side, so it didn’t help from then on," Webber said. "I don’t know what he was doing. We had a lot of blue flags as we approached the hair pin and I rolled to the inside, giving him plenty of space so he knew I was there, but when we got to the apex he tried to hit it; I don’t know what was going on with that."

 

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