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de la Rosa joins Ferrari

Ferrari opened its annual Wroom event by announcing that Pedro de la Rosa would be joining its testing squad ahead of the 2013 F1 season.

Pedro de la Rosa was not out of work for long following the demise of the HRT team for which he raced in 2012, but the Spaniard will be taking his renowned development abilities to Italy rather than the UK, as had been suggested.

While many expected de la Rosa to return to McLaren for a third stint as its test and development driver, one of the Woking squad's biggest rivals, Ferrari, announced that it had pounced to take advantage, not only of de la Rosa's abilities, but also his undoubted insider knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors at McLaren.

The Scuderia used the opening day of its annual Wroom media event to confirm that de la Rosa had been hired to work on the team's simulator at Maranello, adding to an already respected backroom staff that includes Marc Gene, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jules Bianchi. The Spaniard is also expected to be able to bring his experience to bear when Ferrari gets its Italian windtunnel back up and running following much-publicised problems over the past couple of seasons. It is currently employing the former Toyota F1 windtunnel in Cologne as a stop-gap in the run-up to 2013.

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

de la Rosa's spell with HRT took his record of grand prix start to 104, adding to stints with Arrows, Jaguar and Sauber, as well as a handful of stand-in appearances for McLaren. It also reunites him with fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso, following their brief time together at Woking in 2007.

“I am happy to be collaborating with Fernando again and also to be working with Felipe [Massa],” de la Rosa confirmed, “It is amazingly motivating to be working for a team like Ferrari, not just because of what it represents in the history of F1 and motoring in general, but also because it will be a completely new and very stimulating experience for me.

“I really hope I can get to work as soon as possible and to help in the development of the car. 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.”

Related Pictures

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24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
17.11.2012 - Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
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28.11.2006 Barcelona, Spain, Pedro de la Rosa, Team Mercedes McLaren - Formula One Testing, Circuit de Catalunya
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23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Scuderia Ferrari  flag
27.10.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
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22.06.2017 - Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, detail
22.06.2017 - Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, detail
22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, detail
22.06.2017 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
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22.06.2017 - Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal

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Sean - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 10:54 AM

lol @ Richard ... Great move by the Scuderia ... lets just see what effect his unquestionable development skills have on both Massa and Alonso ... There was a report that Perez had sought the return of de la Rosa to the Mclaren fold, what, with his long track record and all that! ... Lets hope this pushes the Prancing back into the Horse!

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