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De la Rosa takes Pirelli role

Pedro de la Rosa to aid Pirelli with tyre testing ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Pirelli has revealed that Pedro de la Rosa will effectively job swap with Nick Heidfeld to help work on development of the 2011 F1 tyre.

de la Rosa lost his drive with Sauber after the team elected to bring Heidfeld back onto the grid for the final five races of the season, starting with the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

With the Spaniard left sitting on the sidelines, the rumour-mill immediately linked the former McLaren test driver to the vacant Pirelli role, although it was GP2 racer Romain Grosjean who was then handed the job of testing at Monza this week.

However, Pirelli has now confirmed that de la Rosa will join Grosjean in the remaining tests to be held prior to the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

“So far, our work has been done by Nick Heidfeld, but since he has returned to racing, he will be replaced by Pedro de la Rosa and Romain Grosjean,” Pirelli chief executive Francesco Gori said. “They will test until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and after that the teams will use the new tyres.”

Meanwhile, Grosjean completed Pirelli's latest test, behind closed doors, at Monza, as the tyre manufacturer ran on a championship circuit for the first time.

Again running the Toyota TF109 acquired by Pirelli for its development programme, the French driver completed several short runs with lengthy breaks between each.

Grosjean's best time, according to 422race.com, was in the 1min 27secs bracket - roughly three seconds off the pace being set at the final European round two weekend ago.

GP2 development driver Giorgio Pantano was also on track, running the new GP2/11 car on the Pirelli rubber it will use next year.




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