Former Formula Renault 3.5 champion Giedo van der Garde signed with Caterham to become the team’s reserve driver. The Dutch driver has previously tested for other F1 teams including Super Aguri and Renault.
Van der Garde will get to drive in pre-season testing as well as on select Grands Prix Fridays.
Since winning his title, van der Garde has raced in GP2, where he finished 5th this past season.
Meanwhile, Force India’s reserve driver, Jules Bianchi, hopes to continue racing while holding his test driver role. He also raced in GP2 the past season, but GP2 is an unlikely place for him to land again due to those races typically taking place with F1 races.
Perhaps endurance racing of some sort might suit him?
Finally, the running order for Jerez was announced. Mercedes will do tire testing on their 2011 car for 3 days, and HRT will be testing the 2011 car for two. It’s not entirely complete, but can be seen under the cut.
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sauber Kobayashi Perez Perez Kobayashi Ferrari Massa Massa Alonso Alonso Force India di Resta di Resta Hulkenberg Hulkenberg Caterham TBA TBA TBA TBA McLaren Button Button Hamilton Hamilton Mercedes Rosberg/Schumacher Schumacher Rosberg Red Bull Webber Webber Vettel Vettel Lotus Raikkonen Raikkonen Grosjean Grosjean Toro Rosso Ricciardo Ricciardo Vergne Vergne Williams Maldonado Maldonado Senna Senna HRT de la Rosa de la Rosa