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de la Rosa helps young drivers

McLaren-Mercedes F1 third driver Pedro de la Rosa and Santander get behind young Spanish drivers.
McLaren-Mercedes third driver Pedro de la Rosa was the lead speaker at the concluding event of Santander's national campaign to help the careers of promising young Spanish racing drivers.

Last week, 13 young hopefuls travelled to the Spanish banking corporation's international headquarters in Boadilla del Monte for a series of talks aimed at increasing their knowledge of the industry, developing their skills and giving them a headstart in their racing careers.

de la Rosa told the youngsters about his own career, how he'd fought to emerge as one of Spain's leading talents and how he'd followed his dream across the world to finally achieve his aim of racing in F1.

His speech was inspirational, telling the racers to always believe in their dreams and never give up in their pursuit of excellence.

At the end of the day's proceedings, one lucky finalist was chosen to receive Santander's ultimate honour of a 30,000 Euro motorsport scholarship. The prize went to 16-year-old Antonio Alarcon from Mallorca.

"Santander's support of young Spanish drivers is a fantastic initiative that really supports grassroots motorsport in Spain," said de la Rosa. "I hope that Antonio is able to use his scholarship to benefit his career - that level of support is simply invaluable when you are just starting out in the sport.

"I'm proud to have been able to offer my experience and advice to everyone who attended the Santander event. And I'm sure all these guys will benefit tremendously from the support they were given today."

de la Rosa wasn't the only speaker at the event, as the 13 hopefuls also heard presentations from Santander's F1 sponsorship manager, Pablo de Villota, who outlined what sponsors and partners look for in a profitable relationship, and how the drivers could get the most from a relationship with a sponsor.

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Pedro de la Rosa and Santander get behind young Spanish drivers [Pic credit: McLaren]

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