De la Rosa to celebrate 100th GP at Monza
4 September 2012 – The Italian Grand Prix will mark what Pedro de la Rosa is considering as his 100th race in Formula 1. The Catalan made his debut in 1999, scoring a point for Arrows in the Australian Grand Prix. His best finish of second place came with McLaren in 2006.
Spanish Formula Renault Champion of 1992 and Japanese Formula 3 title winner of 1995, de la Rosa went on to claim both the Formula Nippon and Super GT crowns of 1997. After two F1 seasons with Arrows, he replaced Luciano Burti at Jaguar in 2001 and remained with the team for the following season.
He is best recognised as an experienced test driver, having racked up thousands of miles for McLaren. He raced for the British team, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya on occasions in 2005 and 2006; in the second of those campaigns, he finished second only to first-time winner Jenson Button in Hungary. De la Rosa has made two unexpected returns to Formula 1 – in 2010 with Sauber and this season with HRT, where he is helping to rebuild the team.
“Making it to 100 Grands Prix is something very special and I’m very motivated ahead of Italy, not only because of the 100 mark but because I’m certain that we can be even more competitive,” he says on Tuesday. “Monza is a similar circuit to Canada, where maximum speed and brake stability are important - and these are our strengths.
“I love consecutive races because I like continuity. Besides, Monza is one of my favourite circuits because it’s very different to the rest. For all of those reasons, I’m really excited ahead of this Grand Prix.”
Hailing from Barcelona, the 41-year-old currently resides in Munich.