Giedo van der Garde is a Dutch racing driver.
2006 saw van der Garde being brought into the McLaren Young Drivers Programme. On December 15, 2006 van der Garde was confirmed as the Super Aguri Formula One team's test and reserve driver for the 2007 season.
On February 1, 2007 van der Garde was unexpectedly announced by Spyker F1 as the team's test and reserve driver.
On February 2, 2007 Super Aguri confirmed their belief their existing contract with van der Garde was still in force, stating "Super Aguri F1 Team has a valid contract with Giedo van der Garde to drive for the team in the position of Friday and Test Driver for the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship. The contract was submitted by the SAF1 Team to the Contracts Recognition Board on 23rd January 2007."
However, on June 20, 2007 van der Garde tested at Silverstone with Spyker, indicating the contract dispute has been resolved.
Spyker originally intended van der Garde to be the team's Friday driver at the Australian Grand Prix, but he failed to obtain the necessary superlicence from the FIA in time.Van der Garde was a candidate to race in Formula One for Virgin in 2011, but that seat eventually went to Belgian Jérôme d'Ambrosio.
On February 4, 2012, it was announced that van der Garde would be Reserve Driver for Caterham F1 for the 2012 Formula One season.
Van der Garde's first Friday practice session came at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix; he went onto complete 6 Friday practice sessions throughout the 2012 season.On February 1, 2013, van der Garde's management announced that he would drive for Caterham as their second driver for the 2013 Formula One season, next to Charles Pic.
Van der Garde finished his first Formula One race with an 18th place at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix