The Dutch driver has been linked to several Formula One teams in the past but it has never resulted in a race-seat.
Confirmed as a Super Aguri test and reserve driver for 2007, van der Garde instead joined Spyker, now known as Force India.
Four years later he was linked to Virgin Racing but again was left out in the cold before signing with Caterham as their 2012 reserve driver.
The 27-year-old, though, is hoping to make the step up next season, replacing either Heikki Kovalainen or Vitaly Petrov.
"I haven't signed yet but I hope to sign soon," van der Garde said.
"I'm happy here, I think the team is a good bunch of people; they're working really hard and there's still new people coming.
"I'm quite happy here. The team already gave me very good feedback about how I'm doing, how I behave, how my attitude is, how I work with the team, so let's hopefully get forward and sign quickly and get preparation done for next year."