Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

McLaren heap praise on De la Rosa

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Share:

McLaren heap praise on De la Rosa

McLaren heap praise on De la Rosa

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has heaped praise on the departing Pedro de la Rosa who will be driving for HRT next season.

De la Rosa confirmed on Monday that he stepping down from his role as test and reserve driver at McLaren to return to racing with the Spanish-based team.

The 40-year-old started his association with the Woking squad in 2003, but briefly left to drive for Sauber in 2010. After losing his seat to Nick Heidfeld and testing for tyre manufacturer Pirelli, he returned to McLaren at the start of the 2011 season.

Whitmarsh had nothing but good things to say about Spaniard De la Rosa.

"Pedro's contribution to McLaren has been fantastically valuable - perhaps even more valuable than may be apparent to outsiders in fact - ever since he joined us in 2003," said Whitmarsh.

"As a test driver, he's been extraordinarily hard-working - on track and, latterly, more often, in our simulator - and his feedback has been reliable and expert.

"But his contributions have gone wider and deeper than that: Pedro is the archetypal team player, a big motivational presence in our team, and, perhaps because of that, he's someone whom I personally will always count as a true friend."

He added: "In 2010 and 2011 he drove some races for the Sauber team - and, although he's always approached his test and development work with McLaren with energy and enthusiasm, he remains a racer at heart. For that reason, we understand and support his decision to join HRT as a race driver, and we wish him well. It goes without saying, however, that he'll be missed."

Whitmarsh added that Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, who were on duty during the recent Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, will share test and development work.

"We'll continue to be well served by Gary and Oliver, both of whom will continue their excellent test and development work for us in Pedro's absence," he said.

Related Link
De la Rosa joins HRT

Vettel's Maiden Ferrari Run

Editor's Picks

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren have finally announced they are retaining Jenson Button for 2015. Here are ten reasons why they made the right choice...

PF1 Prediction Results

PF1 Prediction Results

The results are in and Frank Hopkinson turns into an oracle with his scary prediction about safety in F1...

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Andrew Davies looks at the outstanding race performances this season, not always by drivers who made it onto the podium...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

PlanetF1 has teamed up with Memento Exclusives to offer you the best F1 Christmas shopping - and there's an extra something...