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Giedo van der Garde given five place grid drop for Silverstone // Ignoring blue flags becomes a bit of a habit for the Dutchman in Montreal

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Giedo van der Garde given five place grid drop for Silverstone
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Giedo van der Garde was making life very difficult for himself during the Canadian Grand Prix, as the Caterham driver found himself called up for ignoring blue flags not once, but twice.

The first incident occurred when Mark Webber tried to pass Van der Garde, and the Caterham turned in on the Red Bull, presumably not knowing he was there, despite blue flags. Webber lost some carbon fibre from the front wing, which thankfully wasn’t race-ending. Giedo was given a ten second stop/go penalty for that.

Later in the race, Nico Hülkenberg was trying to pass the green car, and the pair came together, forcing both to retire. For that incident, the stewards have handed Van der Garde a five place grid drop for the next race, the British Grand Prix.

After the Canada race, van der Garde apologised to Webber saying it was not his intention to hit him, but Webber wasn’t happy, as he described that part of the race: “Everything start to cool down and we could get into a rhythm until we caught a pay driver with no mirrors... They are doing their own race as well, I’ve been there... but you need to look in your mirrors.”