Pedro de la Rosa's commitment had already been indicated in the past few weeks. Team boss Peter Sauber really wanted an experienced man in the second cockpit next to Kamui Kobayashi. The Swiss man finally chose the 38-year-old former M cLaren test driver.
De la Rosa should bring experience to the team
'Pedro has worked in a top team at the highest technical level for many years', team boss Peter Sauber emphasized the qualities of his new commitment. 'As a team, we can benefit from this experience, and that also applies to the young Kamui. The combination of a veteran and a youngster has proven to be very fruitful several times.'
15 years separate the two new ones Pilots from Sauber. After the withdrawal of BMW breaks thus also a new era in terms of personnel in Hinwill. Nick Heidfeld was never a real alternative to the Spaniard. De la Rosa is pleased about the confidence of his new employer: 'I always believed that I would get another chance as a regular driver. Since the test drives were so extremely limited, I've been working towards it. I'm really looking forward to the season with the Peter Sauber's team, which has always been a solid figure in Formula 1 since 1993. '
De la Rosa has been a Swiss for a long time
The native Catalan has lived with his family in Switzerland for several years and now wants to really get started again in his second spring. In the 72 Grand Prix races for Arrows, Jaguar and McLaren, the long-time test and substitute driver collected 19 World Championship points and achieved his only podium finish so far with second place at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.
With his Peter Sauber is confident about the new duo in the new season: 'I have a lot of confidence in the two of them in 2010. Of course, the decisive factor is that we provide them with a good car, and in this respect I also see the development in the company very positively. The work on ours Vehicle for 2010 was able to continue as planned during the entire phase of uncertainty. '