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Formula 1 test Valencia: De la Rosa: & # 34; This is a good starting point & # 34;

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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

McLaren . In the car he only reeled 922 kilometers. Despite his experience, he worried what would happen if he had to replace one of the regular pilots overnight. 'Without a lot of driving experience, I would probably have had similar problems as Luca Badoer.' After the experience of the first day of testing, he partially revised his opinion: 'It was easier than I imagined going back to the cockpit. But don't be fooled. I know the Spanish test tracks of Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona inside out. In Bahrain I have to learn a new route, so it could mean that I miss the kilometers in the car compared to other miles. '

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. '

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