Ferrari recruit de la Rosa and confirm car launch date

2013 F1 carPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Circuit of the Americas, 2012Pedro de la Rosa has joined Ferrari to help the team develop their simulator.

De la Rosa raced for HRT last season prior to the team’s closure. He previously spent eight seasons as a test driver for McLaren from 2003 to 2009 and again in 2011.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali said: “We decided to add De la Rosa to our group of drivers mainly to strengthen one area, namely work in the simulator, which with the current regulations regarding testing, is becoming ever more important.

“Pedro therefore joins a group of drivers that already includes Davide Rigon, Marc Gene, Andrea Bertolini and Jules Bianchi.”

De la Rosa said: “It is amazingly motivating to be working for a team like Ferrari, not just because of what it represents in the history of Formula 1 and motoring in general, but also because it will be a completely new and very stimulating experience for me.”

He is being reunited with Fernando Alonso, whom he worked with at McLaren in 2007, and joins fellow Spaniard Marc Gene in the team’s test squad.

“I am happy to be collaborating with Fernando again and also to be working with Felipe,” de la Rosa added. “There?s not much time until Australia, but there is a lot to do and I am available to help the team from right now.”

Ferrari also announced their 2013 F1 car will be officially launched on February 1st.

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