McLaren thanks de la Rosa for contribution
21 November 2011 – With an announcement being issued on Monday that Pedro de la Rosa will join HRT and make a Formula 1 race return in 2012, the Spaniard leaves McLaren for the second time. Having originally joined the Woking squad in 2003, the Barcelona driver has been a key player in the team’s successes over the past nine seasons.
“Pedro’s contribution to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has been fantastically valuable – perhaps even more valuable than may be apparent to outsiders in fact – ever since he joined us in 2003,” says Team Principal Martin 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.
“We’ll continue to be well served by Gary (Paffett) and Oliver (Turvey), both of whom will continue their excellent test and development work for us in Pedro’s absence.”