De la Rosa eyes maiden win after first podium
7 August 2006 – Pedro de la Rosa's second place at Hungary last Sunday has whetted the McLaren stand-in driver's appetite and, at 35 years old, the Spaniard is as hungry as ever for his first win in F1.
"In Magny-Cours I finished seventh, now I finish second. Now I have to improve again and winning is the next step," he said in a post-race news conference.
"We are more competitive now, why not? McLaren Mercedes is not a team that stops its development halfway through the year; they push to the very last race."
Before Sunday, de la Rosa's best ever finish was fifth with Arrows in 2001 and once with McLaren last season when he stood in for Montoya. Now after his first podium the Spaniard can't wait for the next Grand Prix even though McLaren are yet to confirm he will be racing in Turkey on the 27th August.
"I was very happy to be told that I would drive in Hungary and a podium obviously is a great result. Now the team has to say what it wants for the future. I want them to say rather than I say anything so I had better shut up!"
De la Rosa is still in contention to line up alongside fellow compatriot Fernando Alonso in the second McLaren for next season. Although it is unlikely that McLaren will want two Spaniards racing its cars, de la Rosa is looking like he would make a solid number two.