Pedro de la Rosa has said he feels 'ready' for this weekend's F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, despite only getting the call-up to sub for Sauber's Sergio Perez following FP1 on Friday.
The Spaniard, who drove a part-season with the Swiss-based outfit last year, before being replaced by fellow veteran, Nick Heidfeld, did just 14 laps on Friday in FP2, ending up 18th on the timesheets.
Speaking after, he revealed that he only did one 'proper' run in the Ferrari-powered Sauber C30.
“First of all I hope Sergio gets well soon,” reflected the McLaren test and reserve man, who has been given permission to race for Sauber this weekend. “For me it was unexpected to jump into the car today. We had to get a lot of things ready for me to get into the car, but luckily we managed to do one proper run.
“Of course I have to learn a lot about the 2011 car, but the most important thing now is I have to get comfortable with the seat and pedals. However, I feel ready and just need a little bit of time in the car.”
“It is a shame Sergio wasn't well enough to drive, but obviously it is thanks to Pedro for stepping in on such short notice,” added Sauber technical director, James Key.
“Of course we know Pedro very well, which helps. The team, the engineers and mechanics did a great job to do a driver seat fitting and get the car out all within the time frame of the afternoon session. It was important for Pedro to get a feeling for the car before tomorrow.”