Pedro de la Rosa

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Pedro de la Rosa
Pedro de la Rosa 2010 Malaysia.jpg
De la Rosa at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
Born (1971-02-24) 24 February 1971 (age 43)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Spain Spanish
Active years 19992002, 20052006, 20102012
Teams Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber, HRT
Races 107 (106 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 35
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is de la Rosa.

Pedro Martínez de la Rosa (born 24 February 1971) is a Spanish Formula One driver who has participated in 107 Grands Prix for the Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT F1 teams, debuting on 7 March 1999, becoming one of very few drivers to score a point at his first race. He has scored a total of 35 championship points, which includes a podium finish at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

On 21 November 2011, de la Rosa signed a two-year contract to drive for the HRT F1 team,[1] but he only remained with the team for one season, after HRT withdrew from the 2013 team list, leaving him without a drive for the 2013 season. On 16 January 2013, de la Rosa was announced as the Ferrari development driver for the 2013 Formula One season.

Early career[edit]

De la Rosa was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and unlike most drivers, he started his career in radio-controlled cars, specialising in 1:8 off-road. He won the European radio controlled off-road championship twice in 1983 and 1984[2] and was runner up in the world championship in 1986.[3] It was only after that when he started karting in a local Spanish championship in 1988 when he was 17. He then joined the Spanish Formula Fiat Uno and became champion in 1989.

Professional career[edit]

In 1990, de le Rosa raced in Spanish Formula Ford 1600 and became champion. He later drove in British Formula Ford 1600 and got two podiums out of six races. In 1991, de la Rosa achieved fourth place in the Spanish Formula Renault Championship with three podium finishes. In 1992 he was both European and British Formula Renault champion. He slipped down the order in the next two years. In 1995, he was champion of the Japanese Formula Three series and third in the Macau Grand Prix. In 1996, he finished 8th in both the Formula Nippon and All Japan GT Championship. The next year he was champion in Formula Nippon. He was also the All Japan GT Champion with Michael Krumm.

Formula One (1999–2013)[edit]

Arrows (1999–2000)[edit]

In 1998, de la Rosa was a test driver for Jordan. The next year, he joined Arrows and scored one world championship point by finishing sixth in his debut race, the Australian Grand Prix. He regularly out-paced his more experienced team mate Toranosuke Takagi. In 2000 he remained at Arrows alongside Dutchman Jos Verstappen. He scored two points, finishing sixth in the German Grand Prix and the European Grand Prix. Verstappen commented mid-season that he and de la Rosa 'work well together and we have a good partnership'.[4] During the 2000 season, the Arrows team took part in a 13-part TV series named 'Racing Arrows' which followed the team and drivers throughout the year. It was shown on British TV channel ITV in 2001.[5]

De la Rosa driving for Jaguar at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix

Jaguar (2001–2002)[edit]

He raced for two years with Jaguar Racing alongside Eddie Irvine, scoring 3 points in 2001 and none in 2002. At the end of the 2002 season Jaguar paid off his contract which was set to expire at the conclusion of 2003.

McLaren (2003–2009)[edit]

De la Rosa at the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix, as a third driver
De la Rosa at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

He became a test driver for McLaren but raced at the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix when Juan Pablo Montoya injured his shoulder. He finished fifth and set the fastest lap in the race.

On 11 July 2006 it was announced that de la Rosa would take over the second McLaren race seat with immediate effect following Juan Pablo Montoya's departure to NASCAR. It was initially unclear whether he would remain in the seat until the end of the season, but some successful results led to him being retained.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix of 2006 de la Rosa scored his first ever podium, coming 2nd behind Jenson Button.

After a long period of speculation as to who would be Fernando Alonso's team-mate in 2007, Lewis Hamilton secured the seat. De la Rosa would carry on as the team's test driver.

For the 2005 season he combined his testing duties with providing race commentary for Spanish broadcaster Telecinco. After his absence in 2006 he returned to the microphone in 2007.

Reports in 2007 consistently linked de la Rosa to a return to F1 racing with the new Prodrive team, which was set to make its debut in the 2008 season. Speculation suggested that Prodrive would run with support from the McLaren team, and that de la Rosa, along with fellow tester Gary Paffett would race for them in their maiden season. However, the team failed to make the grid for the new season, and for 2008, de la Rosa remained as a test driver for McLaren.

De la Rosa testing for McLaren at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2008

De la Rosa was also involved in the espionage controversy surrounding his team and rivals Ferrari. With evidence provided by him and team-mate Fernando Alonso, the FIA excluded the team from the 2007 Constructors' Championship, and issued a record fine of $100 million. He was understood to have sent e-mails to Mike Coughlan and Fernando Alonso regarding the Ferrari cars' setup.[6]

Before the Australian Grand Prix of 2008, de la Rosa was elected as the new chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association after a unanimous vote. De la Rosa was the preferred candidate for GPDA directors Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. He replaced the retired Ralf Schumacher in the role.[7] He remained at McLaren in 2009, and as of January 2010 was the fifth most experienced test driver in history, in terms of test days.[8] He stated that he wished to step down from the role of GPDA chairman, following the completion of his deal to drive for Sauber in 2010, and was duly replaced in the role by Nick Heidfeld at the Australian Grand Prix.[9]

Sauber (2010–2011)[edit]

De la Rosa driving for Sauber at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

In 2010 de la Rosa drove for the newly resurrected Sauber team.[10] His team-mate at Sauber was Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi who impressed at Toyota during the last two races of the 2009 Formula One season.

De la Rosa finished seven of the thirteen races he started in the 2010 season, and picked up six points from a single points-scoring finish, a seventh place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.[11] De la Rosa qualified in the top ten on two occasions, at Silverstone and in Hungary as both he and team-mate Kobayashi struggled with reliability problems for the majority of the season.

He was dropped from his race seat by Sauber in favour of Nick Heidfeld after the Italian Grand Prix.[12] De la Rosa replaced Heidfeld as test driver for Pirelli, in anticipation for their return to Formula One for the 2011 season.[13]

After Sergio Pérez's accident in Monaco, de la Rosa replaced him for Sauber at the Canadian Grand Prix, after Pérez decided after the first free practice session on Friday, to sit out the rest of the weekend.[14] De la Rosa managed to stay out of trouble throughout the first part of the race, affected by heavy rain, running as high as ninth before a red flag suspended the race. He eventually finished 12th after having some contact soon after the restart which required a new wing.

Return to McLaren (2011)[edit]

On 9 March 2011, McLaren announced that de la Rosa had returned to the team as their test and reserve driver.[15]

HRT (2012)[edit]

De la Rosa driving for HRT at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 21 November 2011, it was announced that de la Rosa had signed for HRT F1 on a two-year contract.[1] His teammate was Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan.[16] Both drivers failed to qualify for the first race of the season in Australia, as de la Rosa was only able to complete seven timed laps during the race weekend.[17] At the next race weekend in Malaysia, he was able to qualify and finish 22nd in the race after receiving a drive through penalty after the race was restarted, and he was later promoted to 21st place due to Karthikeyan's 20-second penalty for an incident with Sebastian Vettel.

De la Rosa at the 2012 US Grand Prix

De la Rosa qualified ahead of Karthikeyan once again in China, and finished 21st, one lap down from the race winner. In Bahrain, he finished 20th after qualifying 22nd, although after the race he admitted that the team still needed "to gain some speed per lap" to fight their rivals on a consistent basis.[18] Following on from this, de la Rosa finished his home race for the first time since 1999 in 19th place, the last of all classified drivers. However, he was unable to complete the Monaco Grand Prix due to a collision with Pastor Maldonado at the beginning of the race.[19]

Ferrari (2013-Present)[edit]

On 16 January, Ferrari announced that de la Rosa had been signed in a developmental role for the team, aiding with its simulator resources.[20] On 24 January Ferrari announced that de la Rosa would share testing duties of their 2013 challenger, the F138, with Felipe Massa at the first test of the season, beginning on 5 February in Jerez.[21]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1989 Spanish Formula Fiat Ofensiva Uno – Meycom 7 2  ?  ? 5  ? 1st
1990 Spanish Formula Ford Racing for Spain 10 8  ?  ? 9  ? 1st
British Formula Ford 6 0  ?  ? 2 0 NC
Formula Ford Festival  ? 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
1991 Spanish Formula Renault Championship Racing for Spain 10 0  ?  ? 3 46 4th
1992 Rencontres Internationales de Formule Renault Racing for Spain 3 2  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
Formula Renault Great Britain 12 3 0  ? 7 153 1st
1993 British Formula Three West Surrey Racing 14 0 0 0 0 18 6th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
1994 British Formula Three Racing for Spain 17 0 0 0 0 6 19th
1995 All-Japan Formula Three TOM'S 9 8 8 4 9 54 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
1996 Formula Nippon Team Nova 10 0 0 0 1 13 8th
All-Japan GT Championship TOM'S 6 0 0 0 2 38 13th
Macau Grand Prix Paul Stewart Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
1997 Formula Nippon Team Nova 10 6 4 3 10 82 1st
All-Japan GT Championship TOM'S 6 2 2 3 4 64 1st
1998 Formula One Benson & Hedges Jordan Test driver
1999 Formula One Repsol Arrows Grand Prix International 16 0 0 0 0 1 18th
2000 Formula One Arrows Grand Prix International 17 0 0 0 0 2 16th
2001 Formula One Prost Acer Test driver
Formula One Jaguar Racing F1 Team 13 0 0 0 0 3 16th
2002 Formula One Jaguar Racing F1 Team 17 0 0 0 0 0 21st
2003 Formula One West McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2004 Formula One West McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2005 Formula One West McLaren Mercedes Test driver
Formula One West McLaren Mercedes 1 0 0 1 0 4 20th
2006 Formula One Team McLaren Mercedes Test driver
Formula One Team McLaren Mercedes 8 0 0 0 1 19 11th
2007 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2008 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2009 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2010 Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team 14 0 0 0 0 6 17th
2011 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Test driver
Formula One Sauber F1 Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 20th
2012 Formula One HRT Formula 1 Team 20 0 0 0 0 0 25th
2013 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver
2014 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver

Complete Formula Nippon results[edit]

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest lap

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1996 Team Nova SUZ
5
MIN
7
FUJ
6
TOK
6
SUZ
Ret
SUG
11
FUJ
6
MIN
Ret
SUZ
5
FUJ
2
8th 13
1997 Team Nova SUZ
1
MIN
1
FUJ
2
SUZ
3
SUG
1
FUJ
1
MIN
2
MOT
1
FUJ
2
SUZ
1
1st 82

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
1999 Repsol Arrows Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 AUS
6
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
11
CAN
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
15
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
MAL
Ret
JPN
13
18th 1
2000 Arrows F1 Team Arrows A21 Supertec FB02 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
8
SMR
Ret
GBR
Ret
ESP
Ret
EUR
6
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
6
HUN
16
BEL
16
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
12
MAL
Ret
16th 2
2001 Jaguar Racing Jaguar R2 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP
Ret
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
6
EUR
8
FRA
14
GBR
12
GER
Ret
HUN
11
BEL
Ret
ITA
5
USA
12
JPN
Ret
16th 3
2002 Jaguar Racing Jaguar R3 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 AUS
8
MAL
10
BRA
8
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
Ret
MON
10
CAN
Ret
EUR
11
21st 0
Jaguar R3B Cosworth CR-4 3.0 V10 GBR
11
FRA
9
GER
Ret
HUN
13
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
Ret
2005 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 V10 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR
5
SMR
TD
ESP
TD
MON EUR CAN
TD
USA
TD
FRA
TD
GBR
TD
GER HUN TUR
TD
ITA
TD
BEL BRA JPN
TD
CHN
TD
20th 4
2006 Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8 BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA
7
GER
Ret
HUN
2
TUR
5
ITA
Ret
CHN
5
JPN
11
BRA
8
11th 19
2010 BMW Sauber F1 Team Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
Ret
AUS
12
MAL
DNS
CHN
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
TUR
11
CAN
Ret
EUR
12
GBR
Ret
GER
14
HUN
7
BEL
11
ITA
14
SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU 17th 6
2011 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C30 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN
12
EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 20th 0
2012 HRT F1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 V8 AUS
DNQ
MAL
21
CHN
21
BHR
20
ESP
19
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
17
GBR
20
GER
21
HUN
22
BEL
18
ITA
18
SIN
17
JPN
18
KOR
Ret
IND
Ret
ABU
17
USA
21
BRA
17
25th 0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "30+ Years of EFRA Race History" (PDF). EFRA. European Federation of Radio-Operated Model Automobiles. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Palmarès championnat du monde TT 1/8e" (PDF). RCMag. PHP-Nuke Europe. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Verstappen – "I want to stay at Arrows"". GrandPrix.com (Inside F1, Inc.). 25 August 2000. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Television". Martin Sharp. Sheil Land Associates Ltd. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Letter confirms drivers had new evidence". autosport.com. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  7. ^ "De la Rosa elected GPDA chairman". autosport.com. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  8. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-01-19). "Ten facts about Pedro de la Rosa". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  9. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2010-03-26). "Heidfeld appointed GPDA chairman". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  10. ^ "Sauber confirm de la Rosa for 2010". Sporting Life (365 Media Group Ltd.). 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Hungarian GP – Sunday – Team Quotes". GrandPrix.com (Inside F1, Inc.). 1 August 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Heidfeld replaces de la Rosa at Sauber". GPUpdate.net (GPUpdate.net). 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  13. ^ "De la Rosa takes Pirelli role". Sky Sports (British Sky Broadcasting). 28 September 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Benson, Andrew (10 June 2011). "Sergio Perez to miss rest of Canadian Grand Prix". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (9 March 2011). "De la Rosa returns to McLaren". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Narain Karthikeyan completes HRTs lineup for 2012". HRT F1 Team (HRT F1). 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  17. ^ ESPNF1.com (ESPN). 19 March 2012 http://en.espnf1.com/malaysia/motorsport/story/73544.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bahrain Grand Prix". HRTF1Team.com (HRT F1). 22 April 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "De la Rosa: Maldonado error was a terrible shame". GPUpdate.net (GPUpdate.net). 28 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  20. ^ Noble, Jonathan; Elizalde, Pablo (16 January 2013). "Pedro de la Rosa gets Ferrari Formula 1 development role". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Alonso to miss first pre-season test". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. "Massa will be behind the wheel for the first three days of the opening four-day session, with newly-signed test driver Pedro de la Rosa making his first appearance in red on the final day." 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jason Plato
British Formula Renault
UK series champion

1992
Succeeded by
Ivan Arias
Preceded by
none
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
1992
Succeeded by
Olivier Couvreur
Preceded by
Michael Krumm
All-Japan Formula Three Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Juichi Wakisaka
Preceded by
Ralf Schumacher
Formula Nippon Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Preceded by
David Brabham
John Nielsen
All-Japan Grand Touring Car Champion (GT500)
1997 with:
Michael Krumm
Succeeded by
Érik Comas
Masami Kageyama
Union leadership
Preceded by
Ralf Schumacher
GPDA Chairman
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Nick Heidfeld
Preceded by
Rubens Barrichello
GPDA Chairman
2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent