McGregor and Beelen join Van der Garde at Caterham

Giedo van der Garde has been confirmed as one of Caterham's race drivers for the 2013 Formula One season, with the team adding two of his long-time sponsors to its roster.

1 February 2013 David Cushnan
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Giedo van der Garde has been confirmed as one of Caterham's race drivers for the 2013 Formula One season, with the team adding two of his long-time sponsors to its roster.

The Dutchman, who will be the first driver from his country to race in Formula One since Christijan Albers in 2007, is backed by McGregor, a Dutch fashion house, and Beelen.nl, a recycling and waste management firm.

Van der Garde's manager, Jan Paul ten Hoopen, is also the commercial director of McGregor, which is also a sponsor of the Williams team.

No financial details have been confirmed, but in order to secure a drive Van der Garde, who raced in GP2 last year as well as acting as Caterham's reserve driver, will have had to assemble a significant multi-million dollar package.

“This is the next natural step for Giedo with our team,” said Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

“We continue to grow as a team and we are committed to giving young talent across the motorsport industry the chance to grow with us and this is Giedo's opportunity to show he deserves his place at the very highest level of global motorsport.”

Van der Garde will lineup alongside Frenchman Charles Pic at Caterham, with the pair replacing the 2012 team of Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov.

Caterham – McGregor/Beeton