Vodafone McLaren Mercedes today pays tribute to test and reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa, who leaves the team he initially joined in 2003 to start a new chapter in his life at Spain’s national Formula 1 team.
Pedro very quickly established himself as a vital part of the McLaren team following his arrival at the team in March 2003. His engineering skills, mechanical understanding and ability to think both analytically and laterally in order to solve problems immediately made him one of the most valued and important test and development drivers in the world.
As a racer, Pedro’s finest moment came at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, where he finished second behind Jenson Button to claim the best result of his Formula 1 career to date at the wheel of the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-21.
But it is as a friend and colleague that Pedro will be best remembered by all of us at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: his loyalty, enthusiasm, comradeship, team spirit and good humour made him a hugely respected and well-loved member of the team and a friend to us all.
Pedro de la Rosa (test and reserve driver, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) said:
“After more than a decade in Formula 1, I’ll always think of Woking as a second home. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank sincerely everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for helping me develop into a much more complete driver, and person, than I was when I first joined the team back in 2003.
“Of course, the happiest McLaren moment for me personally was finishing second in Hungary in 2006, but I’m just as proud of helping Lewis