Ferrari recruit de la Rosa and confirm car launch date

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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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33 comments on Ferrari recruit de la Rosa and confirm car launch date

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 16th January 2013, 9:59

    Fernando Alonso, Pat Fry and now Pedro de la Rosa. Another Mclaren refugee to Ferrari?

  2. Nirupam (@nirupam) said on 16th January 2013, 10:04

    That definitely seems to be a very good move to me. PDLR has a vast experience, he also has the reputation of a very good test driver and Ferrari can use it to a very good effect.

  3. imarlab (@imarlab) said on 16th January 2013, 10:07

    Mmmm….interesting. Had heard the rumors, never thought they would materialize. I always thought he would join HAM at Merc.

    In any case, good luck to him. A true gentleman and a great test driver.

  4. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 16th January 2013, 10:13

    This was certainly unexpected. Well, here’s to a bright future, Ferrari.

  5. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 16th January 2013, 10:41

    A very good signing by Ferrari. I’m surprised McLaren didn’t ask him to come back given his history with the team.

  6. Slr (@slr) said on 16th January 2013, 10:45

    I expected de la Rosa to go straight back to McLaren, so this is quite surprising. I guess he’ll also be the reserve driver in the event either Alonso or Massa can’t compete.

  7. Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 16th January 2013, 10:49

    what about Narain? is he gonna be test driver in McLaren? :p

  8. Oskar (@oskar) said on 16th January 2013, 11:04

    Excellent! Happy for De la Rosa!

  9. Nick (@schneeb) said on 16th January 2013, 11:07

    Badoer and Fisi upstaged yet again… by someone who was running round in last for 2 years!

  10. Really the Scuderia is increasingly becoming a refugee camp for ex McLaren workers ….. From Kimi, to PDLR. The question is, who next will follow the footsteps of those? Jonathan Neally maybe?

    BTW, why do Maranello admire workers from Woking?

  11. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 16th January 2013, 13:36

    DLR is a good test driver, but probably Alonso helped a little in the decision to hire an unemployed Spaniard driver.
    ;P

  12. Jason Dy said on 16th January 2013, 15:06

    Very happy for him, was afraid to lose him from F1. Glad to see he found a place somewhere.

  13. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th January 2013, 21:07

    That’s excellent news for both Ferrari and De La Rosa, nice one.

    • Zagal (@zagal) said on 16th January 2013, 23:19

      Agreed. Also good news for spaniard fans if we can enjoy DLR expert and spot on comments on spanish TV coverage.
      Best luck to Pedro as he deserves ir both as a driver and as a gentleman.

  14. What will this mean for de la Rosa’s income for 2013? At Ferrari will he earn a living wage?

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