We like Giedo van der Garde. The affable Dutchman has put in some encouraging, if not spectacular, performances in a car that we’re sure he and Caterham were expecting a lot more from this season.
Canada however was not one of them.
After qualifying plum last, some 1.5 seconds adrift of the sister Caterham of Charles Pic, Giedo contrived to run around at the back and generally cause havoc for those lapping him.
The first of which was Mark Webber, who attempted to lap the rookie on the inside of the chicane, only to be turned in on, causing “significant” damage to the Red Bull. For this misdemeanor, Giedo was slapped with a drive-through penalty, which he justly served.
However, he was not finished for the day. As Nico Hulkenberg came to lap him, the two made contact, causing the eventual retirement of both drivers – landing Van der Garde a 5 place grid penalty for Silverstone, which means, barring a miracle or penalties to other drivers, he will probably start last there too.
To his credit, Giedo has since apologised for his actions on Twitter – so well done on taking responsibility for your actions, but you are still this week’s Hot Dog.