In an interview with the media yesterday, despite revealing that Manor have contacted Giedo van der Garde, his manager says that is “not something” they are working towards.
Earlier this month, there have been reports circulating that backmarkers Manor were keen on signing van der Garde as they need someone with experience to help develop the car.
It was suggested that the Dutchman, who parted ways with Sauber at the Australian GP, could start with the team at the Monaco Grand Prix.
However, his manager Jan Paul ten Hoopen has downplayed the prospect, revealing in his interview with the media yesterday that van der Garde is instead focused on securing a 2016 DTM drive.
Ten Hoopen stated the following:-
‘We are aware that Manor are looking for an experienced driver. They have contacted us, but this is not something we are working on.
‘We are fully focused on 2016. We are looking at DTM and LMP1 and will be visiting the DTM next week.’
Overall it is clear that van der Garde is not interested in joining the Manor F1 team this season and is fully focused on securing an DTM or LMP1 drive for next season.
Even though van der Garde does have an option to be in Formula One with Manor; you could say that he is not interested in the opportunity because of where the team currently are and how much work would be needed to get them up to speed, wants to be in a competitive drive in another series that will allow him to win or maybe the fact that he is just simply disillusioned with the sport.
And you cannot blame him after everything that has happened with the Sauber team a few months ago. But no matter where he races; I hope that he is successful and that he gets the success he wants; even if it’s in F1 with Manor or not.
And the chances are is that it’s the latter of the two and will either be in DTM or LMP1 for 2016 and is now firmly that focus of Gideo and his management team.