Spa, Belgium: Dutchman Giedo Van Der Garde was delighted to be soaked by Belgian rain on Saturday as he delivered the best qualifying session of his Formula One career.
The 28-year-old from Rhenen, in only his 11th Grand Prix, took 14th place on the grid for Sunday's race at the famous and majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes, his best starting slot of the year.
His Caterham team, normally perennial back-of-the-grid flops in the qualifying sessions, took a gamble on using slick tyres in drying conditions - and it paid off.
The Dutchman said: "It was a good call from me and the team.
"It's the best qualifying position for me and also well clear of Marussia, our rivals, so I'm very happy.
"It's like a home race for me, lots of Dutch fans, so let's see tomorrow (Sunday) -- the weather here, you never know what it'll produce..."
Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes took pole position with a late flying lap to push defending triple champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull down to second.