P edro de la Rosa beamed. Finally back in the racing car. Finally no longer a test driver. Like Michael Schumacher, he last took part in a Grand Prix at the 2006 Brazilian GP. And like his famous colleague, he now has a racing cockpit again. On the first day of testing in Valencia, the 38-year-old Spaniard landed one place ahead of Schumacher.
De la Rosa does not want to overestimate the result of the first test of strength: 'The lap times mean nothing. I'm still happy. The car is easy to drive, it is stable in the curves. That is a good starting point for us. '
For de la Rosa, the return was easier than expected
Since 2007, de la Rosa has been half Swiss. He lives in Zurich, only 20 minutes by car from the Sauber factory. Although he's now back to being a regular driver, he'll be home with his family more often than he did last year when he was just a spectator at McLaren. 'I had to fly to England all the time because of the many simulator tests. Now I drive the children to school in the morning and then to the factory. Although I still have to get to know the team, I feel like I've been working for Clean drive. '