Giego van der Garde is still a possible candidate to be on the 2012 F1 grid

The management team of Dutch GP2 Series driver Giedo van der Garde are furiously working behind the scenes to help their client secure a berth on the F1 grid next year.

With two seats – one at Williams, the other at HRT – still up for grabs on next year’s grid, there are a host of candidates vying for selection at each team, but some insiders believe that the 26-year-old remains a possibility to make his F1 debut in 2012.

Van der Garde’s cause is helped by the fact that his manager, Jan Paul ten Hoopen, also acts as the commercial director for longstanding motorsport sponsor, McGregor, which is a Dutch fashion house.

Also adding weight to his support group is his father-in-law, Marcel Boekhoorn, one of the Netherlands’ richest men, believed to be worth almost $2 billion. Some of the companies he owns include Dutch car maker Spyker, the De Telegraaf newspaper, and McGregor.

While Williams would be something of a long shot – the team has declared it will sign an experienced driver for the season – the seat at HRT is likely to go to the highest bidder.

“We are a little quiet but we’re working hard,” ten Hoopen told when asked about his client’s prospects. “We will let you know when there is any news.”

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