- Fernando Alonso
- Jules Bianchi
- Valtteri Bottas
- Jenson Button
- Max Chilton
- Romain Grosjean
- Esteban Gutiérrez
- Lewis Hamilton
- Nico Hülkenberg
- Daniil Kvyat
- Kevin Magnussen
- Pastor Maldonado
- Felipe Massa
- Sergio Perez
- Charles Pic
- Kimi Räikkönen
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Nico Rosberg
- Adrian Sutil
- Giedo van der Garde
- Jean-Éric Vergne
- Sebastian Vettel
|First race||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||March 7, 1999||Race results|
|Last race||Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||November 25, 2012||Race results|
Despite being in Formula One since 1999, Pedro de la Rosa has only completed three full seasons in the sport. He now ranks among the most experienced test drivers in F1 and up until 2009, when in-season testing was banned, he racked up countless miles in McLaren's race winning machinery.
His interest in motorsport started with radio controlled cars in 1983 and eventually progressed to karts when he was 17. He progressed steadily through the lower formula, starting in Spanish Formula Ford, winning in Spanish Formula Renault and spending two years in the midfield of British Formula 3.
A move to the far-east came in 1995 and he flourished. In his first year he won the Japanese Formula 3 championship and then the Formula Nippon title (equivalent to F3000) followed two years later.
He got his F1 break with Jordan, which ran him as a test driver for 1998, then, in 1999, he secured his first race seat at Arrows. He scored a point in his first grand prix but failed to better or repeat that result for the rest of the season. He stayed at the team for 2000 but struggled, this time picking up two points over the course of the year.
He moved to Jaguar in 2001 as test driver and replaced Luciano Burti as race driver after the fourth round. The Ford-backed squad had high hopes, but the car was far from perfect and he only went one better than his previous season - scoring three points. Another year at the team in 2002 proved even worse. He scored no points, retired from more than half the races and was out-performed by Eddie Irvine.
Three years in the wilderness followed as he tested for McLaren and only competed in one grand prix. He was highly respected by the team but always maintained he would return as a permanent race driver. His chance came in 2006 when Juan Pablo Montoya left McLaren after crashing into team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the US Grand Prix. As third driver de la Rosa got the seat for the remaining eight races. While he didn't come close to matching Raikkonen, he did score his first podium and 19 points - far more than at any other point in his career.
He was linked to a drive at McLaren in 2007 but Ron Dennis chanced his luck on a young rookie called Lewis Hamilton instead. He stayed on as test driver until 2010 when he was called upon by Peter Sauber to lead his team after BMW sold up. However, a long list of disappointing results meant he was replaced by Nick Heidfeld by the Singapore Grand Prix and took up a role testing the new Pirelli tyres.
He returned to McLaren in a test and reserve capacity in 2011, making a one-off appearance for Sauber as a late replacement for the unwell Sergio Perez in Canada, before surprising a few by landing a race seat with HRT for the 2012 season.
Unfortunately, the Spanish venture was on its last legs and after the team was put up for sale late in the year it failed to appear on the FIA's entry list for 2013. De la Rosa's experience was in high demand, however, and Ferrari quickly snapped him up as a development driver to work on the team's simulator.
Strengths and Weaknesses
His consistency and experience has served him well as a test driver but his lack of ultimate pace has kept him in that role at McLaren.
A second place in the wet at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix proved he was capable of mixing it with the best when given the right machinery.
Being caught sending emails about Ferrari's technical details during the spygate controversy that saw his team fined $100 million.
"I would be very happy to be at McLaren Mercedes as the reserve driver and arrange my work to race in another team as well, or simply go to another team to race."
"With sponsors everything would be infinitely easier but I believe that my experience in F1 is very important. My experience is my sponsor."
His favourite hobby is building and flying remote control helicopters.
De la Rosa impressed with Ferrari despite gearbox issue (February 8, 2013)
Ferrari simulator needs 'a lot of work' - de la Rosa (February 8, 2013)
Raikkonen tops times on final day (February 8, 2013)
Set-back for Ferrari at Jerez (February 8, 2013)
- Testing chance surprises de la Rosa (January 29, 2013)
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