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McLaren Reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa joins to Sauber F1 for 2010 Season

Sauber have signed Former McLaren F1 Third driver Pedro de la Rosa to whole their driver schedule for 2010. Pedro de la Rosa, 38, has used up seven years at McLaren but will now come back to racing for the first time since 2006.I always firmly believed I would be given another chance as a team driver,” said De la Rosa. “I’m really excited about the season with Sauber.”

The Spanish driver, an expert of 71 grands prix, will race beside Japanese team-mate Kamui Kobayashi.The team is back in the possession of creator Peter Sauber after BMW leave from Formula 1 at the end of the 2009 season.Sauber said he required one skilled driver and one beginner in 2010 and believes the combination of De la Rosa and Kobayashi, who overcome when he was called up by Toyota to race in Brazil and Abu Dhabi last season, is the perfect match.

Pedro de la Rosa has used up many years working for a top team at the highest technical level, said Sauber.”We as a team stand to gain from his experience and the same goes for young Kamui.

The arrangement of a seasoned racer and an up and approaching young driver has repeatedly proved a very fruitful one.I don’t expect either of them to disappoint in 2010.

Following a spell testing for Jordan, De la Rosa made his grand prix debut with Arrows in 1999 before moving to Jaguar.In 2003, he signed McLaren as their test driver and was called upon to deputies for Juan Pablo Montoya 9 times.

 

At what time the Colombian stop F1 for the NASCAR Series in the United States in 2006, De la Rosa filled his race seat and went on to score his first podium, finishing second following Jenson Button at the Hungarian Grand Prix.The ban on in-season testing, introduced in 2009 as part of an proposal to cut costs, has since restricted De la Rosa’s mileage.

 

Pedro will be 39 by the first race in Bahrain on 14 March and exposed a want to get back behind the wheel encouraged his choice to end his tenure at McLaren. Since the number of test drives was much reduced, this was what I was working towards, added De la Rosa.

I’m thrilled about Peter Sauber’s team, which has been a solid fixture in Formula 1 ever since 1993.

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