|Giedo van der garde showing off his special Malaysia tiger helmet.|
The Pressroom at Bangsar Shopping Centre was the venue for the presentation of the new Caterham F1 team line-up for the coming 2013 season to Malaysian fans and press. Both drivers, Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde look relaxed as they talked about racing on home turf and the very brief season so far.
“Malaysia will be the first Caterham F1 team home race for me and I’m looking forward to what will be a very busy week, but one where I think we’ll see a lot of support and a grand prix that really pushes the physical preparations we’ve done over the winter”, sad Charles Pic.
Giedo, who was the team reserve driver last season, seconded his team mate, “we have a really busy week away from the circuit in Sepang and I have to say I can’t wait. Last year we had a fantastic reception from the Malaysian fans and I think this year it’s going to be a great feeling to race in Tony (Fernandes) and Kamarudin’s (Marudin) home”.
After Sunday (Australian GP), I came straight to Malaysia, as it’s important for me to start adjusting to the heat”, Giedo continued when asked about the tough environmental conditions at Sepang. “Hydration is really important pre-race and during, I take on about six litres of fluids on race day and try to avoid air-con to acclimatise quickly”. The weather has been a big factor in recent races and this year, both drivers and organisers will be hoping for a dull cloudy day!
In terms of performance, last weekends race in Australia could have gone a little better for the Caterham team, with Charles finishing in 16 place and Giedo 18, after clashing on the first lap with fellow back-marker Max Chilton, damaging his front wing. However both drivers are hopeful their home race in Malaysia, with the support from the crowd will help them push into the points. “We are going to work really hard to improve our race pace, the Malrussias’ are a bit faster than us, but that doesn’t mean we won’t fight”, said a determined Charles Pic.
|Giedo is confident on improving on last weeks result in Australia.||Charles Pic is ready for battle this weekend.|
Both drivers will be meeting the King and Queen of Malaysia at the special Formula One Gala at the brand new Hotel Majestic, where Giedo will be showcasing a specially designed helmet for the Malaysian Grand Prix, to be auctioned off in honour of his first official race on home turf.
If you want to support the Caterham boys or see the greatest motor sport show on Earth, head to www.sepangcircuit.com.my for more information on ticketing.