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GP Week : Issue 183
After qualifying squeezing a Caterham into Q2 for the first time this season, Giedo van der Garde was unable to build on his impressive qualifying performance during Sunday’s race. Starting from 15th position, the Dutchman was forced to cut across the inside kerb of Ste Devote during the compressed shuffle into the first corner. From there van der Garde settled into a rhythm until he made contact with Pastor Maldonado’s Williams on the run to the hairpin. The resulting damaged forced a pit stop which saw van der Garde rejoin in 22nd position in an attempt to make up lost ground. “I had good pace and was catching the pack up again,” said van der Garde. “It looked like my race was over, especially after losing KERS on lap 10. We were able to reset KERS and then Monaco did what it always does, and when the safety car came out for Massa's crash I was able to unlap myself and get back into the action.” Although van der Garde’s attempt to unlap himself resulted in a prolonged safety car period, the Caterham driver held 17th position; which became a net 14th place after Gutierrez and Chilton pitted. But this left the Dutch racer out of sync with most of the field, with no life left in his tyres and 15 laps yet to run. As a result, the Caterham driver was eventually overtaken by Chilton for 14th place. It was an untimely result for what was a solid day for the steadily improving van der Garde. "After the way the race started, just to be there at the end was pretty good,” explained a philosophical van der Garde. “Obviously (it’s) not how we wanted it to go after such a good Saturday. However, it's another race done, more lessons learned and, overall a pretty good weekend." Giedo’s Caterham teammate, Charles Pic had a race to forget after his race ended as early as lap nine after an exhaust heating issue caused his Caterham to catch fire. A quick-thinking Pic managed to pull the car over to a safety barrier manned by fire marshals, but it was a bitter blow for Charles after managing to jump the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez at race start for 15th. Giedo’s upturn takes a detour. 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> MONACO