Ferrari have announced that Pedro de la Rosa, formerly of Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and most recently HRT, will be joining the team for ‘technical, racing and commercial activities’, which will include plenty of work on the team’s simulator.
The Spaniard has done simulator work with McLaren and one of his spells as their test driver included the 2007 season, when he worked with Fernando Alonso .
“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,” said Ferrari Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali.
“It is amazingly motivating to be working for a team like Ferrari, not just because of what it represents in the history of Formula 1 and motoring in general, but also because it will be a completely new and very stimulating experience for me,” added De La Rosa.
“I really hope I can get to work as soon as possible and to help in the development of the car. I am happy to be collaborating with Fernando again and also to be working with Felipe.
“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.”