M it Pedro de la Rosa, team manager Peter Sauber was able to fulfill his wishes perfectly fulfilled by an experienced pilot. Hardly any pilot has covered more kilometers on the test tracks of the world than the man from Barcelona. And hardly anyone knows more about the development work in the cockpit. The Spaniard himself is happy that this era is now over.
De la Rosa always believed in a comeback
'I am extremely happy about it, because I've worked for so many years ', commented De la Rosa on signing the contract on the official F1 website' formula 1.com '. The 72-time Grand Prix participant had always viewed his job as a test driver at McLaren as just a stopover. 'My motivation has always been that I believed that something like this could happen.'
He learned a lot at McLaren-Mercedes, which he now wants to bring to his new employer. The most important thing, however, is the good feeling of having a regular cockpit and driving Grand Prix again. 'The most important thing for a racing driver is to feel like a racing driver. I can compete against other drivers and I can already feel the adrenaline flowing through my body.' The Catalan named his new Sauber-Team as 'competitive' and 'underestimated'.
De la Rosa still has it
allegations that he is too old or already rusty Clean newbie does not apply. 'I wouldn't be here if I didn't have it. I'm highly motivated. I'm a hard worker and that's the most important thing at this level. We'll see how good I am. I think I can be even better than people expect. ' In the four weeks of testing, De la Rosa wants to gradually get back on track.
The Spaniard describes his negotiations over the past few months as a rollercoaster ride. 'In a few weeks it looked like I was securing a place, in others everything seemed to collapse. But in the end it worked out. It was very intensive weeks of negotiations.' With the contract in his pocket, his role in the team was quickly defined. 'I want to help my team-mate Kamui because he is fast, young and inexperienced. We have to form a strong unit in order to realize the great potential of the team.'