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Publicado por: Raquel el Feb 19 2005, 12:35 AM

McLaren.com:

17 February 2005 16:38

TEST REPORT BARCELONA, DAY 3
Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
Driver: Pedro de la Rosa
Weather: Sunny with a slight breeze.
Air temperature approx. 12 degrees celsius
Track temperature approx. 14 degrees celsius
Laps run: Pedro de la Rosa 112 laps
Kilometres covered: Pedro de la Rosa 518 km
Best lap time of the day: Pedro de la Rosa, 1m14.543s
Best lap time of Team McLaren Mercedes driver: Pedro de la Rosa, 1m14.543s
Duration of test: Three days

Team McLaren Mercedes completed its three day testing programme at the Circuit de Catalunya today.

Pedro de la Rosa was present at the final day of testing, his programme concentrating on calibrating the car for the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix. Pedro set the fastest time today, completing 112 laps of the circuit, with a fastest time of 1m14.543s.

Over the course of the week, the three drivers present at the test, Pedro, Kimi and Juan Pablo completed a total of 2,073 km. Pedro set the fastest lap time of the week of the Team McLaren Mercedes drivers with a 1m14.543s lap today.

This week’s test has involved the race team rather than test team personnel, with all equipment used over a race weekend set up at the track. The first day saw Kimi and Juan Pablo in action, however an accident for Kimi in the afternoon during the final phase of a planned grand prix simulation resulted in heavy damage to the car and the team taking the precaution that he would not test the following day. The cause of the accident was a foreign body which got jammed between the brake caliper and the inside of a wheel rim and machined a groove into the rim which caused an immediate failure. Juan Pablo completed 71 laps with a fastest lap time of 1m15.400s. Kimi completed 83 laps of the circuit before his accident and his fastest time was 1m15.229s.

Pedro de la Rosa deputised for Kimi on the second day of the test, and he and Juan Pablo were both concentrating on durability and calibration of the car for the Australian Grand Prix. The start of Pedro’s running was delayed while the mechanics worked to repair Kimi’s damaged car to allow him to drive, and he completed his first installation lap at 13:35. Pedro completed 63 laps, while Juan Pablo completed 119 laps with no reported problems. Pedro’s fastest time was a 1m16.134s lap and Juan Pablo’s fastest lap time was a 1m16.197s lap.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO, Formula One, Team McLaren Mercedes

“This week has seen another productive test, with the race team taking over duties from the test team to allow us to iron out any issues before the Australian Grand Prix. The strength and durability of the cars meant that Kimi was able to walk away from his accident with no more than a bruised thumb, and the mechanics did an excellent job to repair the car and allow Pedro to continue with the planned programme for the final two days of the test.”

Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

“Our final test with the MP4-20 before the start of the season in 17 days in Melbourne gave positive results to the entire team. On the second test day Juan Pablo did 119 laps and 551 km without any problems which was encouraging. Kimi had an accident on the first day of testing which was not his mistake and thankfully he walked away with a bruised thumb only. The mechanics did a superb job in repairing the car overnight, allowing Pedro to continue the next day and achieving almost a Grand Prix distance with the car. On the last day Pedro posted the fastest lap time with this car during the course of the day and ran a total of 112 laps or 518 km. In the meantime the team members in Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart continued their challenging work to get everything ready for the first race in Australia. During the course of the preparations we put a total of a little less than 6,600 km on the new MP4-20 and we achieved several successful long runs with the new engines leading up to more than 1,800 km on an engine. Everybody in the team has had a very stressful last four months, and a good result in the first race would be the best reward for all of us.”

Next week Team McLaren Mercedes will test in Valencia from February 21-23. Alex Wurz and Pedro will be present over all three days, piloting MP4-19Bs. The focus of this test will be on tyres for the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix and software components.

Publicado por: Pethead el Feb 19 2005, 02:17 AM

Thanks for the translations!! Great stuff!
Please keep ém coming! Yesterday I read that Alex Wurz want to have a receposition and perhaps want to leave McLaren for 2006 season... I suppose that leaves a big opening for PDLR!

Publicado por: pca el Feb 19 2005, 03:28 AM

Yes, it seems that Wurz is not happy with the present situation.

I think Pedro will try to shine with his role of third driver this first races, to consolidate his position in McLaren and perhaps with some luck he will be racing in 2006 with a middle team.

Possibly Pedro and Wurz are looking for the same objective, be third driver in McLaren and fight for a place in the 2006 starting grid (Dubai F1 team?). At this moment, it seems that Pedro is winning.

Sorry for my English, .

Publicado por: pca el Feb 19 2005, 03:37 AM

One more thing, are not translations. Our English it's not so good.

Publicado por: Pethead el Feb 19 2005, 04:16 AM

No problems PCA, your English is as good as mine! Thanks, once again!

Publicado por: pca el Feb 19 2005, 06:06 AM

2/18/2005

LAST TESTS OF PEDRO DE LA ROSA BEFORE THE GP OF AUSTRALIA

Pedro de la Rosa will be testing the next week in the Circuit Ricardo Tormo of Valencia to finalize details before the Grand Prix of Australia. De la Rosa will initiate the tests along with Alex Wurz on Monday and both will be in the Valencian track until Wednesday.

The drivers of McLaren Mercedes will drive the MP4/19B the three days of tests, whereas the new single-seater will be officially released the 6 of March in Melbourne.

Publicado por: Raquel el Feb 19 2005, 06:55 AM

17 OF FEBRUARY OF 2005 PEDRO OF the ROSE crono in 1:14.542 PUTS the BATTERIES to HIM To the MP4/20 FOR AUSTRALIA Pedro of the Rose has obtained today in Montmeló the best mark of the day to controls of the MP4/20 stopping and completing the work anticipated in spite of the accident of Tuesday of the Finn Kimi Raikkonen. The Spanish pilot has made, between afternoon of yesterday and today, 175 returns without no kind of problems. The next time that McLaren MP4/20 goes to track will be in the semi-urban layout of Albert Park. "the balance of these tests is very positive because the car has been demonstrated fast and trustworthy. We have been able to accumulate many kilometers and I believe that this year we go very well prepared for Melbourne." It is possible to emphasize that Of the Rose he is the only pilot of McLaren Mercedes who has rolled in the days of 1:14 in tests which they have been developed this week in the Catalan layout. The new asphalt has been taking adhesion as the single-seaters have rolled, which has done the route fastest day to day. The new car of this season is being very fast and stable in track and it has not either had any problem of motor during all the preseason. In the three days of tests, Pedro of the Rose, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen has added 447 returns and the MP4/20 like one of the cars is outlined to beat this season next to Renault and Ferrari, in this order. Of the thirteen pilots today in track, second the controls of their Renault have had left GianCar it Fisichella, 1:14.608, and third Rubens Barrichello, 1:14.641. TIMES OF TODAY, Thursday 17 of February: Pilot Equipment Time Returned 1. Pedro of the McLaren Rose Mercedes (m) 1:14.542 112 2. Giancar It Fisichella Renault (m) 1:14.608 121 3. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari (cool.gif 1:14.641 111 4. Michael Schumacher Ferrari (cool.gif 1:14.920 78 5. Christian Klien Network Bull Racing (m) 1:14.982 46 6. Fernando Alonso Renault (m) 1:15.021 104 7. David Coulthard Network Bull Racing (m) 1:15.094 76 8. Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (m) 1:15.578 78 9. Vitantonio Liuzzi Network Bull Racing (m) 1:15.656 82 10. Antonio Pizzonia Williams BMW (m) 1:15.794 99 11. Ralf Schumacher Williams BMW (m) 1:16.281 82 12. Narain Karthikeyan Jordan (cool.gif 1:17.589 74 13. Tiago Monteiro Jordan (cool.gif 1:18.372 43 Source: Circuit de Catalunya

I wish you a very nice weekend!

Publicado por: Raquel el Feb 19 2005, 07:01 AM

Pardon, the text has been copied without differentiating the paragraphs. I feel it

Publicado por: pca el Feb 19 2005, 07:41 AM

Pedro of the Rose????

I think it would be better not to use a translation tool, and then copy directly here. I think this operation it's very easy for our friends of the English forum and they don't need our help to do it.

In the future, a little summary with the most important of the Spanish news section and a "human" translation to English it will be enough.

It's just my opinion, .

Publicado por: Raquel el Feb 19 2005, 07:44 AM

Sorry...

Publicado por: Pethead el Feb 20 2005, 04:06 AM

A summary is quite enough, thanks! What are Pedro´s chances of getting a seat for 2006? Does he have any sponsors or is pure talent enough these days? I hope pure talent, but it´s very though to get a seat out there! Hasn´t Pedro got some big Petrol Company-sponsors, i´m sure I read it somewhere?

Publicado por: pca el Feb 20 2005, 05:52 AM

When Pedro was in Arrows, and before like tester in Jordan, he had the support of Repsol, the Spanish oil company, (it's not a public company).

At this moment Pedro, and since he left Arrows, has not any support from any sponsor. I think Repsol is interested in F1, but perhaps with a younger spanish driver.

The chances of getting a seat for 2006 are not very high . Pedro believes that this role of third driver on Fridays will help him to get a seat... but it's not easy. Without a sponsor the most likely option is Team Dubai F1, which is only a project.

Pedro doesn't want to drive to Jordan or Minardi, so sponsors are not important. If he doesn't find a good seat, i.e. middle team, he prefers to be tester of a big team like McLaren.

Publicado por: pca el Feb 22 2005, 03:31 AM

2/21/2005

DE LA ROSA, FASTEST IN VALENCIA

Pedro de la Rosa has done today its first day of tests in the Circuit Ricardo Tormo of Valencia. The Spanish has obtained the best time with a crono of 1:09.023 and has been the driver who has run more distance with a total of 125 laps. His teammate Alex Wurz has finalized the day second, with a time of 1:09.053 and 107 laps. Both McLaren drivers have been testing with the car of last season, MP4/19B, with new adaptations.

De la Rosa will continue testing tomorrow and on Wednesday in the track of Valencia to complete the testing programme that McLaren Mercedes has planned before the GP of Australia.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:09.023 125
2. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:09.053 107
3. Michael Schumacher Ferrari (cool.gif 1:11.338 90
4. Mark Webber Williams BMW (M) 1:11.513 81
5. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari (cool.gif 1:11. 672 84

Source of the testing times: Circuit Ricardo Tormo of Valencia.

Publicado por: pca el Feb 22 2005, 04:38 PM

21 February 2005 18:06

TEST REPORT, VALENCIA - DAY ONE
Date: Monday 21st February 2005
Location: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
Drivers: Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz
Weather: Overcast and cold with a slight breeze.
Air temperature 15 degrees Celsius
Track temperature 22 degrees Celsius
Laps run: Pedro de la Rosa 128 Laps
Alex Wurz 107 laps
Kilometres covered: Pedro de la Rosa 504 km
Alex Wurz 422 km
Best lap time of the day: Pedro de la Rosa 1m09.030s
Best lap times of Team McLaren Mercedes drivers: Pedro de la Rosa 1m09.030s (1st)
Alex Wurz 1m09.047s (2nd)
Duration of test: Three days

The Team McLaren Mercedes team commenced its final test before the start of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship in Australia on Sunday 6th March, at the Valencia circuit in the South of Spain today.

Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz were in action, both behind the wheel of the team’s interim MP4-19B cars, as the MP4-20s for the 2005 season returned to the McLaren Technology Centre to be stripped and rebuilt before leaving for Australia on Friday 25th January, following their final test in Barcelona last week.

This week’s test is another multi-team session, with Ferrari and Williams also present. Today’s session saw red flag’s halting running three times. Despite this, the Team McLaren Mercedes team were able to complete a number of long runs during the course of the first day at the 3.940 km Valencia circuit. Both drivers completed a combined total of approximately 926 km - three times a Grand Prix distance.

The programme for both drivers concentrated on simulating the Friday of a Grand Prix weekend, including the morning and afternoon practice sessions. This included tyre comparison work with both Pedro and Alex swapping between the prime and option Michelins during the course of the day.

Pedro set the fastest time today (1m09.030). Meanwhile Alex finished second out of the five drivers at the track being just 0.017 of a second slower than Pedro (1m09.047s), putting in 107 laps. Neither driver had any reported problems.

PEDRO DE LA ROSA
“We completed another constructive session today in Valencia in the interim cars. This test is of course the final session before we race for the first time in Australia in 12 days time, and we spent the day simulating all the running that will take place on the Friday of a Grand Prix, obtaining some useful results.”

ALEX WURZ
“We have put in a significant number of miles today, although we are using the MP4-19B’s we are continuing to test hard to take advantage of all track time before the Australian Grand Prix. We have a good set of data from today and are looking forward to building on it tomorrow.”

Source: http://www.mclaren.co.uk

Publicado por: pca el Feb 23 2005, 02:00 AM

2/22/2005

PEDRO DE LA ROSA WILL TRAIN TOMORROW IN VALENCIA

The team McLaren Mercedes has not been able to test today in the Circuit Ricardo Tormo because the teams has reached an agreement to not train at the same time in two circuits.

Kimi Raikkonen has trained today in Silverstone with the MP4/20, whereas Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz will test tomorrow in Valencia with MP4/19B units.

Publicado por: pca el Feb 24 2005, 02:38 AM

2/22/2005

LAST TEST OF PEDRO DE LA ROSA BEFORE AUSTRALIA

Pedro de la Rosa has tested today in the track of Ricardo Tormo in spite of the intense rain that has fallen during all the day. De la Rosa has obtained the third best time, 1:24.309, with rain tires and has been able to complete a total of 17 laps.

It has been the last test day for De la Rosa before the Grand Prix of Australia, where he will be driving on Friday as third driver of the team McLaren Mercedes.

1. Michael Schumacher Ferrari (cool.gif 1:21.766 58
2. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari (cool.gif 1:23.636 14
3. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:24.309 17
4. Nick Heidfeld BMW Williams (M) 1:26.582 60

Source of the times: Circuit Ricardo Tormo

Publicado por: Pethead el Feb 25 2005, 12:07 AM

Thanx Rca! Keep the new comin´!

Publicado por: Pethead el Feb 25 2005, 12:07 AM

Thanx Rca! Keep the new comin´!

Publicado por: pca el Mar 2 2005, 05:14 PM

3/1/2005

"Australia wil be a very special GP for me because although I’m not going to drive on Sunday, I’ll help the Fridays. I have improved my situation respect last year. The team will value my work on Sunday, when the race finishes. My work will be focused in helping the team to choose the better tyres."

Quote of Pedro from Australian Grand Prix Preview:

http://www.pedrodelarosa.com/angles/news.asp?id=484&ult=484

Publicado por: pca el Mar 4 2005, 08:20 PM

3/4/05

Interview with PDLR
Pedro de la Rosa discusses topping the Friday times and more. By Adam Cooper


De La Rosa: Back on top


The appearance of Pedro de la Rosa's name at the top of the timing screens at the end of second practice in Melbourne did raise too many smiles in the garages of rival teams. They certainly didn't need such an obvious a reminder about the windfall McLaren have earned this year, thanks to finishing fifth in the World Championship last year.

The rule that allows teams to run third cars was designed when there was a 'natural' top four of Ferrari, Williams, McLaren and Renault. Nobody really expected that any of that group would be able to benefit, but BAR's surge up the order last year – ironically assisted in part by Anthony Davidson's Friday efforts – contributed to McLaren dropping into the third driver comfort zone.

The new rules make the Friday driver even more useful than last year. The need to restrict engine miles of the two race cars is obvious, but changes to the tyre regs also mean third cars are priceless.

The team's choice of de la Rosa to handle the testing chores came as a surprise to some, and it seemed logical that old hand Alex Wurz would get the job. But unlike Wurz, Pedro was out running test miles in the 2005 car at an early stage, and the engineers were more than happy to have continuity and have him on hand at the races.

The chance to perform in a top team has come as a lifeline to de la Rosa, who had a frustrating career at Arrows and Jaguar. At neither team did things really fall in his favour, and twice he was left without a job despite having a contract.

Q . You took the quickest time from Michael Schumacher right at the end of the session. Was that a good feeling after two years of testing?

De la Rosa : "Yes it is. It's a strange feeling, first of all. It's nice to be here and have the opportunity to drive a competitive car on a Friday, because it's easier to do a good lap time. But nevertheless, you have to do it. It feels good, especially after two years without racing. The problem we have as test drivers is that you are always testing in the same tracks. You go in Jerez, Barcelona, Valencia, do thousands of laps, and you forget that there are other tracks and you have to adapt to them and learn them. You need to keep the feeling alive, otherwise you just know three or four circuits, and that's it."

Q . How did the day go for you?

De la Rosa : "I'm satisfied especially because we went through the whole programme. It was very ambitious at the beginning, but we actually worked very well on both sets of tyres, achieving two long runs at the end. It's the most important thing, doing a longer run when there's more rubber, and trying to figure out what the degradation on the tyres is. I'm here to help Kimi and Juan Pablo. My job today has been mainly doing long runs, and this will help them pick the right tyre for tomorrow. That's basically it – we haven't been able to do more. The track is changing a lot, it was very dirty to start with and in the first session we did didn't do long runs. We left them for the second session when it was more representative of the race."

Q . You had a moment with one of the Jordans. Was that a little worrying?

De la Rosa : "I thought that he let me go by. I was going and he closed the door, and we just slightly touched. I had to go off and come back. After that the car was OK. I was really worried, because there was a lot of traffic on my long runs. You have to push every lap, because there's no point in long runs doing one slow lap, cooling down the tyres, and pushing again. Then you are fooling yourself. That's why I had to overtake him, and I thought he was letting me by. It didn't work out, but it's no problem."

Q . Was it a surprise to you when Alex Wurz didn't get the Friday job, after all his years with the team?

De la Rosa : "No, I never assumed that it was Alex. I assumed that he was on pole position for the job, because he had been here for a long time. But at the end of the day it's a team decision, and at the end of the day if I get this opportunity it's mainly because I've done a good job in testing, otherwise I wouldn't get it. I'm sorry for him, but there's only place for one. I'm happy to be here and have the opportunity, but I honestly don't know how many races I will do. All I know is I will do the first three, and after that the team will take a decision. I just have to do a good job for them in these few races. And after if it's Alex, good, if it's me, it's better."

Q . Will doing the Friday job help to raise your profile?

De la Rosa : "It's always easier if you're on a Friday than if you're not. It makes you move closer, and they can compare you with other drivers. And all the team bosses are here, the media. I've had really good test days when nobody noticed my laps times. You're testing in a racing environment, and normally you're testing in a testing environment. Team bosses don't go to tests! Still, it's only Friday running, and we shouldn't get too excited about it."

Q . Are you frustrated that people will inevitably say that you're quick because you're on a different agenda?

De la Rosa : "They will always say that. I only have to do what I did in the second session today, which is two long runs on old tyres, and I think that's what we're going to do all year. It's always like that, there will always be guys who say he does more laps than the rest, but you still have to do the lap time!"

Q . How focussed are you on getting back to racing?

De la Rosa : "I'm really not thinking about racing at the moment. I just have to do a good job for the team. And my job cannot be evaluated on Friday, it has to be evaluated at 4pm on Sunday after the race, to see if I have picked the right tyre, and how quick were Kimi and Juan Pablo. If the team is competitive and wins races and wins the championship, I will be very much closer to a race drive, because then my job has been solid and good. But being quick on Friday doesn't mean anything, I wouldn't get carried away by that."

Q . You've driven some bad McLarens in the last couple of years. How good is this car?

De la Rosa : "This car has been quick straight out of the box, we really haven't done much set-up work, because we've been concentrating on reliability. I would say it's competitive. It can be more competitive or should be more competitive in the future when we do more testing. Let's see on Sunday. We shouldn't underestimate Renault, and especially Ferrari. If they're competitive with their old car, then we should be really worried. We're in good shape, but other teams are also. I think it's very open at the moment. I think the only thing we have to do is concentrate on ourselves, pick the right tyre, don't make stupid decisions, and get on with it."

Source: Autosport.com

Publicado por: pca el Mar 11 2005, 01:31 AM

3/10/05

Pedro de la Rosa will train tomorrow in Jerez

Tomorrow Pedro de la Rosa drives alone for McLaren Mercedes in the last day of tests that the team has predicted in Jerez. The Spanish driver will train in the track of Jerez with the MP4/19B replacing Alex Wurz who has been testing since Wednesday.

Publicado por: pca el Mar 12 2005, 06:35 AM

3/11/05 ...

McLaren Mercedes has not run in Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa has not gone out today to the track because of the rain that has fallen in the Andalusian circuit during the early morning. The conditions of the track have not been good to develop the program of tests that the German-Briton team had planned for today.

Publicado por: pca el Mar 18 2005, 06:45 PM

3/18/05

Friday Practice

1st Session: 2nd 1.35.144 (15 laps).
2nd Session: 13th 1.37.033 (31 laps).

2nd overall best time 1.35.144 (46 laps in total).

PEDRO DE LA ROSA
“The majority of my work today has been to evaluate the Michelin tyres and we completed our programme as planned. We gained a lot of useful data for working out the right choice for tomorrow. I think we have a competitive package as a result of a good co-operation with Michelin at a track which is especially demanding for the tyres.”

Publicado por: pca el Mar 23 2005, 04:49 AM

3/22/05

De la Rosa trains from tomorrow in Paul Ricard

Pedro de la Rosa will train tomorrow in the French circuit of Paul Ricard driving the McLaren MP4/19B along with its companion Alex Wurz. The team of Woking will test the new Michelin tires that the French brand has elaborated for the third appointment of the season, the Grand Prix of Bahrein that will take place in the circuit of Sakhir.

Publicado por: pca el Mar 24 2005, 02:02 AM

3/23/05

TEST REPORT PAUL RICARD, DAY 1

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Location: Paul Ricard, France
Drivers: Alex Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa
Weather: Overcast early morning, sunny from mid morning with blustery spells
Track temperature approx. 19 degrees
Air temperature 15 degrees
Laps run: Pedro de la Rosa 129 laps, Alex Wurz 117 laps
Kilometres covered: Pedro de la Rosa 493 km Alex Wurz 447 km
Best lap time of the day: Anthony Davidson, BAR Honda, 1m04.176s
Best lap time of Team McLaren Mercedes driver: Pedro de la Rosa, 1m04.305s (fourth)
Duration of test: Three days

Team McLaren Mercedes began a three day test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France today with both Alex Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa behind the wheel of MP4-19Bs.

The focus of this week’s test is on tyres, with Alex’s programme today concentrating on finalising the Michelin tyres the team will use at the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix.

Pedro meanwhile was focusing on tyre testing for the first European race of the season, the San Marino Grand Prix, and he completed his planned programme without any problems.

Pedro completed 129 laps of the circuit with a fastest time of 1m04.305s, while Alex completed 117 laps with a fastest time of 1m04.613s.

Alex Wurz

“Today was a productive day in which I completed 117 laps. We have to confirm our tyre choices for the Bahrain race today and we completed the planned programme without any issues.”

Pedro de la Rosa

“Whilst Alex was concentrating on Bahrain, I was focusing on the San Marino Grand Prix, which marks a return for Formula One to Europe. The test was very productive today without any problems and I am looking forward to continuing the programme tomorrow alongside Alex.”


Alex and Pedro will both continue the team’s testing programme tomorrow, focusing on tyre choice for the San Marino Grand Prix.

Source: www.mclaren.co.uk

Publicado por: pca el Mar 25 2005, 01:49 AM

3/24/05

TEST REPORT PAUL RICARD, DAY 2

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2005
Location: Paul Ricard, France
Drivers: Alex Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa
Weather: Mixture of dry and wet conditions
Track temperature approx. 15 degrees celsius
Air temperature approx. 14 degrees celsius
Laps run: Alex Wurz 107 laps
Pedro de la Rosa 93 laps
Kilometres covered: Alex Wurz approx 409 km, Pedro de la Rosa approx. 355 km
Total kilometres covered: Alex Wurz 856 km, Pedro de la Rosa 848 km
Best lap time of the day: Ricardo Zonta, Toyota, 1m03.848s
Best lap time of Team McLaren Mercedes driver: Pedro de la Rosa, 1m04.496s (second)
Duration of test: Two days

Team McLaren Mercedes continued its testing programme at the Paul Ricard circuit today with Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz behind the wheel of MP4-19Bs.

As rain fell mid morning, both Alex and Pedro began testing a new Michelin intermediate tyre, both drivers successfully completing a number of long runs.

This afternoon as the track began to dry out, Pedro was evaluating a new front suspension package for the MP4-20, while Alex’s programme was concentrating on further development of the Michelin tyres.

Alex completed 107 laps of the circuit with a fastest time of 1m04.593s, while Pedro completed 93 laps with a fastest time of 1m04.496s.

Alex Wurz

“The weather conditions were challenging today, however during the wet weather we successfully completed intermediate tyre testing, and when the track dried out I was able to concentrate my programme on further development of the Michelin dry tyres.”

Pedro de la Rosa

“Despite the changeable weather conditions we managed to do a lot of work today on both car set-up and also intermediate tyre testing. We have completed a good two days testing programme.”



Team McLaren Mercedes will not test at the Paul Ricard circuit tomorrow.

Source: www.mclaren.co.uk

Well, it seems that McLaren is testing new parts for the MP4/20. Pedro has this responsibility . (He knows better the present car than Wurz).

Publicado por: pca el Mar 28 2005, 01:42 AM

3/27/05

Montoya May Miss the Bahrain GP

Juan Pablo Montoya may be forced to sit-out next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix after injuring his shoulder playing tennis in Spain at the weekend, Autosport-Atlas can exclusively reveal.

The Colombian hurt his left shoulder while playing tennis with trainer Gerry Convey in Spain on Saturday. His McLaren team has confirmed that he suffered a hairline fracture of the shoulder with some tissue damage after slipping over.

Although the team has claimed a final decision about Montoya's participation will be made later this week, sources claim that Montoya has been advised to rest it for up to three weeks to avoid aggravating the injury. It means that he could miss the Bahrain event but should be back in the cockpit for the San Marino Grand Prix, on April 24th.

A team spokeswoman said: "We will make a final decision on Thursday." That means Montoya could still be forced to fly to Bahrain just in case he is fit enough to race.

It is understood that Montoya is undergoing medical tests today and further tests will be held tomorrow.

If Montoya misses the race it is almost certain McLaren reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa will be called into action to race for the team in Bahrain, after running on the Friday of Grand Prix meetings so far this year in the team's third car.

The difficulty for McLaren will then be in finding a replacement third driver, because fellow test driver Alexander Wurz is too tall to fit in the current version of the team's MP4-20 chassis.

The news of Montoya's accident has come after what has been a fairly disappointing start to the season for McLaren. Although their new car has shown itself to be both quick and reliable, niggling problems have managed to keep both Montoya and teammate Kimi Raikkonen off the podium so far this year.

Montoya's absence from Bahrain will ironically bring some good news to the Colombian, however, because it guarantees that he will not miss the birth of his first child, which is due within the next few weeks.

Source: www.autosport-atlas.com

Well... We may be patient, waiting news.


Publicado por: pca el Mar 30 2005, 08:34 PM

3/30/05

PEDRO DE LA ROSA WILL RACE IN THE GRAND PRIX OF BAHRAIN

It has been officially confirmed.

http://www.mclaren.co.uk/mediaroom/pressreleases/mclaren/0330114930.htm

Publicado por: Pethead el Mar 30 2005, 10:02 PM

YYYEEESSSS! It´s really great news! PDLR hasen´t driven at Baharin before? I hope it won´t affect his driving...
I´m very pleased that PDLR got the chance instead of Wurz, Isn´t Wurz too long to fit in the car? Good luck on Sunday Pedro!
Greeting from Sweden!
/Pethead

Publicado por: pca el Apr 6 2005, 01:21 AM

04/05/05

PEDRO DE LA ROSA TRAINS TOMORROW IN THE "CIRCUIT"

The Spanish driver of McLaren Mercedes will train tomorrow with the MP4/20 in the Circuit of Montmeló. The German-Briton team will prepare until Friday the next two Grand Prix: San Marino and Spain. Alex Wurz will accompany to De la Rosa tomorrow in the Catalan track with the MP4/19B. From Thursday, Kimi Raikkonen will replace the Spanish driver.

Publicado por: Pethead el Apr 7 2005, 06:27 PM

www.planetf1.com!

Norberg Haug may be calling for Pedro de la Rosa to race at Imola if he’s needed, but the Spaniard says it would “fair enough” if Alex Wurz got the next drive.
Despite Wurz having been at McLaren longer than de la Rosa, the latter was given the responsibility of replacing Juan Pablo Montoya at the Bahrain GP. And did so to good effect, finishing the race in fifth place and earning McLaren four World Championship points.

However, Wurz also impressed on the Friday of the race weekend. Acting as the team’s Friday tester, the Austrian ended day one at the top of the timesheets, which means McLaren face the difficult decision of choosing either Wurz or de la Rosa as Montoya’s replacement at Imola – that’s of course if they need someone to fill in for the Colombian.

And rather magnanimously, de la Rosa says it should be Wurz.

"He deserves it, I have no hard feeling's for Alex," he said.

However, the decision doesn’t rest with de la Rosa and Mercedes boss Norbert Haug feels the Spaniard should continue acting as Montoya’s stand-in.

"That is a bit early to say, but for sure Pedro has proven that he deserves to be in Formula One and how much a driver can improve by being a test driver of McLaren-Mercedes,” he told Autosport.

“Without saying anything against Alexander Wurz, I see no reason why Pedro should not compete again for us, if Montoya cannot drive.”

As for de la Rosa’s Bahrain GP, Haug was full of praise, saying: “It was a joy to see how Pedro attacked. For sure, in between he found himself off the track, but that can happen when you drive such a race.”

“He drove the fastest race lap, Kimi the third fastest and that proves to me that we got our third and fifth position deservedly."

Publicado por: pca el Apr 7 2005, 09:48 PM

Thanks Pethead. I think we will have to wait a pair of weeks to have more news and a final decision.

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05/06/05

De la Rosa tops the times at Montmeló

Pedro de la Rosa has obtained today the best time in the tests that are doing this week in the Circuit de Catalunya. His time has been of 1:14.391 and has completed a total of 88 laps to the Catalan track. The Spanish driver has tested a new damper for the MP4/20 installed in his car of today, the MP4/19B. His team-mate Alex Wurz has been driving the MP4/20.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:14.391 88
2. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:14.516 65
3. Fernando Alonso Renault (M) 1:14.946 118
4. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:15.178 65
5. Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (M) 1:15.337 123
6. Antonio Pizzonia Williams BMW (M) 1:15.442 54
7. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault (M) 1:15.462 78
8. Anthony Davidson BAR Honda (M) 1:15.500
9. Marc Gené Ferrari (cool.gif 1:15.737 120
10. Jenson Button BAR Honda (M) 1:16.137 109
11. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing (M) 1:16.385 111
12. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:17.153 47
13. Jacques Villeneuve Sauber (M) 1:18.096

Source of the times: Circuit the Catalunya

Publicado por: Pethead el Apr 10 2005, 05:16 PM

Interview with PDLR about his Bahrain Race, from f1Live.com. Enjoy!

Publicado por: Pethead el Apr 10 2005, 05:17 PM

McLaren driver Pedro de la Rosa reflects back on his unusual race weekend in Bahrain.

How are you feeling having had chance to reflect on the Bahrain race?
“I feel very good, and am even more motivated for testing. It was a good race, I haven’t yet watched it on video but I am going to spend this weekend looking at it and analysing what we as a team could have done better. The people in Spain have also been really supportive to me since the race weekend.”

Did you set yourself a target for the race?
“My target was to finish on the podium, but I didn’t manage to do that. Fifth place is not a fantastic result but if you look at that position in the context of the amount of overtaking I did and setting the fastest lap time, it was a good race. I was aiming for the podium as I knew that it might be my last ever Formula 1 race and I wanted to score a podium finish and get my best ever Grand Prix result.”

What was it like to be back competing in a Grand Prix?
“I didn’t feel rusty at all. At the start I felt a little bit lost and during the race I made a couple of mistakes braking into turn one, but I feel that was due to a lack of racing experience over the past couple of years. At the end of the race I was feeling more confident. I was also happy about my qualifying position as it was the first time I have ever worked to the one lap qualifying format. It is a very easy circuit in which to lock your brakes, and I was happy that I did not make any mistakes during the qualifying sessions. It took a couple of laps to settle in during the Friday practice sessions, but it was quite an easy circuit to learn.”



What for you was your favourite moment of the race?
“My favourite moment was when I overtook Mark Webber two laps from the end of the Grand Prix. He (Webber) was making it extremely difficult – fair but difficult - to overtake, but I found a gap to get through and that for me was a good moment.”

How did you feel as you crossed the chequered flag?
“I felt empty, I felt like I had really given 100 percent. I was mentally tired but feeling physically strong. In fact the race was the first time in any of my Grands Prix I have competed in, that I was able to get some water from the bottle in the car.”

You were testing again on the Wednesday after the race. Were you still feeling tired after the weekend?
“No, not at all. I had spent 24 hours at home and had time to relax. I was feeling very motivated.”

Source McLaren Mercedes

Publicado por: pca el Apr 13 2005, 03:33 AM

4/12/05

Pedro de la Rosa tests this week at Paul Ricard

Pedro de la Rosa tomorrow begins the program of tests that McLaren Mercedes has planned this week in the French circuit of Paul Ricard. De la Rosa will drive the MP4/20 to prepare along with Alex Wurx the Grand Prix of San Marino (April 24) and the Grand Prix of Spain (May 8). The Austrian driver also will use a unit of the new car.

Publicado por: pca el Apr 14 2005, 02:47 AM

4/13/05

De la Rosa the quickest again

Pedro de la Rosa has again been the fastest in the private training that the team McLaren Mercedes is doing this week in the French circuit of Paul Ricard. Today the Spanish driver has stopped the time in 1:03.441 and has completed 163 laps to the French track.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:03.481 163
2. GianCarlo Fisichella Renault (M) 1:03.843 171
3. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:03.901 159
4. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:03.916 120
5. Enrique Bernoldi BAR Honda (M) 1:03.958 182
6. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:04.216 99
7. Takuma Sato BAR Honda (M) 1:04.320 137
8. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:04.338 102
9. Antonio Pizzonia Williams BMW (M) 1:04.942 119
10. Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (M) 1:06.086 109
11. Narain Karthikeyan Jordan Toyota (cool.gif 1:07.413 40

Not official times.

Publicado por: pca el Apr 15 2005, 02:24 AM

4/14/05

Second day for Pedro de la Rosa at Paul Ricard

The Spanish driver has done a total of 89 laps with the MP4/20 and has stopped the time in 1:03.863.

Tomorrow it will be the last day of training that McLaren Mercedes does before the Grand Prix of San Marino. The German-Briton team will continue tomorrow the test work with its two test drivers in track.

1. Takuma Sato BAR Honda (M) 1:02.839 179
2. Jenson Button BAR Honda (M) 1:03.093 177
3. Antonio Pizzonia Williams BMW (M) 1:03.240 155
4. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:03.312 163
5. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault (M) 1:03.554 120
6. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:03.567 179
7. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:03.790 139
8. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:03.863 89
9. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:04.017 151
10. Narain Karthikeyan Jordan Toyota (cool.gif 1:05.816 183
11.Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (M) 1:06.474 7

Not official times.

Publicado por: pca el Apr 16 2005, 03:31 AM

4/15/05

Pedro de la Rosa's last day in Paul Ricard

Pedro de la Rosa has finalized today the tests that McLaren Mercedes has developed this week in Paul Ricard.

The climatology of Paul Ricard today has allowed McLaren Mercedes to test with different types of tires. With a dry morning and a wet afternoon. The tests of today have been made in a shortest version of the French track.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 57.276 104
2. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 58.102 96
3. Tiago Monteiro Jordan (M) 1:00.505 66

Not official times.

Publicado por: pca el Apr 19 2005, 08:45 PM

4/19/05

Pedro will not be racing at Imola[b]

It has been confirmed by McLaren official internet site.

http://www.mclaren.com/season/grandsprix/04sanm/preview.htm

Publicado por: pca el Apr 20 2005, 01:09 AM

4/19/05

PEDRO DE LA ROSA WILL BE THIRD DRIVER IN SAN MARINO

McLaren Mercedes has confirmed today that Pedro de la Rosa will be third driver in the Grand Prix of San Marino. The Austrian Alex Wurz will run in substitution of the injured Juan Pablo Montoya who is still not recovered.

Pedro de la Rosa: "I had liked to run in Imola but I accept the decision of the team. I am pleased that Alex Wurz had this opportunity and I am happy for him because he deserves it too".

"Our work in the last tests in the Circuit de Catalunya and Paul Ricard has been centered in several modifications that will be introduced in San Marino and in the election of tires".

Important: This is a translation made by me from Pedro's Spanish comments, and my English is very bad. The words of Pedro can be not exactly these. (Just an aproximation). Sorry.

Publicado por: Pethead el Apr 21 2005, 03:29 AM

No problems Pca, thanx! Let´s hope that Pedro will drive the 3rd seat for the rest of this season. Good luck to him & Wurz this weekend!

Publicado por: Monteverdi el Apr 27 2005, 03:09 AM

Huy! creo que me he equivocao.

Sorry.

"El amor es la única cosa que crece cuando se reparte" - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Publicado por: pca el Apr 27 2005, 03:24 AM

Buenísimo.

Very good.

Publicado por: pca el Apr 27 2005, 11:53 PM

4/27/05

Pedro de la Rosa trains this week at Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa moves today to the Andalusian city of Jerez to begin tomorrow the two days of training that McLaren Mercedes has planned before the Grand Prix of Spain.

De la Rosa will be driving the MP4/20 along with Kimi Raikkonen to prepare the next event of the Formula 1 World Championship that will take place in the Circuit de Montmeló from the 6 to the 8 of May.

Publicado por: pca el Apr 29 2005, 01:15 AM

4/28/05

Pedro de la Rosa obtains the third best time at Jerez

The Spanish driver of McLaren Mercedes has taken advantage of his first day of tests in the circuit of Jerez. De la Rosa has obtained the third best time, 1:17.514, being the driver who has covered more laps in the Andalusian track with a total of 140 laps.

1. Kimi Raikkonen Mclaren Mercedes (M) 1:16.923 53
2. Jarno Trulli Toyota (M) 1.17.502 73
3. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:17.514 140
4. Fernando Alonso Renault (M) 1:17.740 117
5. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:17.824 128
6. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:18.568 51
7. Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Racing (M) 1:19.891 41
8. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing (M) 1:20.116 46

Source of the times: Circuit of Jerez

Publicado por: pca el Apr 30 2005, 01:46 AM

4/29/05

Pedro de la Rosa flies in Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa has obtained the best time of the day. Only 0.001 seconds more than the officious record of the Andalusian track in possession of the seven times world champion Michael Schumacher (1:15.650). De la Rosa has done a time of 1:15.651 and 129 laps, taking advantage of the two days of training that McLaren Mercedes has completed in Jerez. The Spanish driver has run between the two days more than 260 laps to the Andalusian track (nearly 1.200km).

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes(M) 1:15.651 129
2. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:16.473 69
3. Fernando Alonso Renault (M) 1:16.492 97
4. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing (M) 1:17.026 138
5. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:17.332 65
6. Ralf Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:17.405 61
7. Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Racing (M) 1:17.566 92
8. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:18.430 61

Source of the times: Circuito de Jerez

Publicado por: ` el May 8 2005, 05:26 AM

It’s de la Rosa again!
McLaren third man Pedro de la Rosa continued his charge in front of his home fans here today by finishing at the top of the leaderboard for the second consecutive hour of free practice here today, over a second faster than his nearest rival!

FP1:
1 P. de la Rosa McLaren 1:15.675 15
2 C. Klien Red Bull 1:16.821 25
3 N. Heidfeld Williams 1:17.047 12
4 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:17.574 14
5 K. Räikkönen McLaren 1:17.851 7
6 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:17.977 7
7 R. Zonta Toyota 1:18.103 9
8 V. Liuzzi Red Bull 1:18.112 12
9 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:18.204 6
10 JP. Montoya McLaren 1:18.402 9

FP2:

1 P. de la Rosa McLaren 1:15.062 28
2 R. Zonta Toyota 1:16.220 34
3 N. Heidfeld Williams 1:16.527 30
4 K. Räikkönen McLaren 1:16.586 17
5 J. Trulli Toyota 1:16.653 26
6 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:16.797 24
7 G. Fisichella Renault 1:17.200 24
8 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:17.264 24
9 F. Alonso Renault 1:17.356 24
10 JP. Montoya McLaren 1:17.555 10
11 R. Barrichello Ferrari 1:17.702 22
12 F. Massa Sauber 1:17.931 24
13 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.042 22
14 J. Villeneuve Sauber 1:18.336 27
15 V. Liuzzi Red Bull 1:18.444 26
16 C. Klien Red Bull 1:18.802 23

Publicado por: pca el May 13 2005, 02:00 AM

5/15/05

Pedro de la Rosa trains tomorrow at Paul Ricard

Pedro de la Rosa will train tomorrow in the French circuit of Paul Ricard along with Alex Wurz to prepare the Grand Prix of Canada that will be celebrated on the 12th of June.

The team McLaren Mercedes will run in the configuration most similar to the circuit of Montreal, because it is the track more adapted to prepare this Grand Prix.

Publicado por: pca el May 14 2005, 03:19 AM

5/13/05

Pedro de la Rosa the fastest at Paul Ricard

Pedro de la Rosa has been again the fastest driver in track this morning in the circuit of Paul Ricard in its configuration 1E. The Spanish driver has been preparing the Grand Prix of Canada that will be celebrated on the 12th of June in Montreal. He has made a time of 1:23.817 completing 48 laps.

Alex Wurz has suffered a spectacular accident without consequences so the teams have been testing in the evening in the shorter configuration 2E of the French track because the protections that the Austrian driver has hit were broken.

In the evening, Pedro has been seventh stopping the time in 1:01.667 after completing a total of 61 laps.

Morning times

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:23.817 48
2. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:23.936 39
3. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:23.982 60
4. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:24.002 29
5. Heikki Kovalainen Renault (M) 1:24.474 88
6. Takuma Sato BAR Honda (M) 1:24.609 48
7. Jenson Button BAR Honda (M) 1:24.640 49
8. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:25.134 23
9. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing (M) 1:25.341 47
10. Christian Klien Red Bull Racing (M) 1:25.948 73
11. Jacques Villeneuve Sauber Petronas (M) 1:27.01

Evening times

1. Takuma Sato BAR Honda (M) 1:00.744 131
2. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:00.822 98
3. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:00.933 65
4. Heikki Kovalainen Renault (M) 1:01.052 66
5. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:01.343 22
6. Jenson Button BAR Honda (M) 1:01.477 64
7. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:01.667 61
8. Christian Klien Red Bull Racing (M) 1:01.810 31
9. Jacques Villeneuve Sauber Petronas (M) 1:02.595 54
10. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing (M) 1:02.949 58

Not official times.

Publicado por: pca el May 30 2005, 01:20 AM

05/29/05

Pedro de la Rosa will be third driver in the next two events

Pedro de la Rosa will return to be third driver in these two races, Canada and USA, to help McLaren Mercedes to reduce the advantage obtained today in Nürburgring by the Renault team.

Publicado por: pca el May 31 2005, 11:36 PM

5/31/05

Pedro de la Rosa prepares the GP of Canada in Silverstone

Pedro de la Rosa moves today to the English circuit of Silverstone to prepare the Grand Prix of Canada in the private testing sessions that McLaren Mercedes will develop this week.

The Spanish driver will take the controls of the MP4/20 on Wednesday and Friday.

Publicado por: pca el Jun 2 2005, 02:28 AM

6/1/05

Pedro de la Rosa the fastest of Silverstone

The Spanish driver of McLaren Mercedes has obtained the best time of the day of today in the English circuit of Silverstone. McLaren Mercedes will continue tomorrow with the private tests with the incorporation of Kimi Raikkonen, who will replace Juan Pablo Montoya.

The cars have run in dry this morning, whereas in the evening it has rained with intensity.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:19.739 63
2. Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:20.475 22
3. Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (M) 1:22.044 45
4. Christian Klien Red Bull Cosworth (M) 1:22.563 32
5. Luca Badoer Ferrari (cool.gif 1:22.930 23
6. Narain Karthikeyan Jordan Toyota (cool.gif 1:23.283 35
7. Nico Rosberg Williams BMW (M) 1:24.097 40

Not official times.

Publicado por: pca el Jun 3 2005, 03:43 AM

6/2/05

De la Rosa marks the second best time at Silverstone

Pedro de la Rosa has obtained today the second best time of the day. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen has done the best time. Tomorrow Juan Pablo Montoya will replace the Spanish driver.

Tomorrow it will be the last day of tests.

1. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:18.144 103
2. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:19.212 72
3. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault (M) 1:19.286 101
4. Jenson Button BAR Honda (M) 1:19.601 99
5. Fernando Alonso Renault (M) 1:19.769 87
6. David Coulthard Red Bull Cosworth (M) 1:19.773 72
7. Jarno Trulli Toyota (M) 1:19.983 108
8. Takuma Sato BAR Honda (M) 1:20.135 166
9. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari (cool.gif 1:20.276 79
10. Christian Klien Red Bull Cosworth (M) 1:20.542 96
11. Ralf Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:20.654 68
12. Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (M) 1:20.947 93
13. Mark Webber Williams BMW (M) 1:21.085 79
14. Tiago Monteiro Jordan Toyota (M) 1:23.236 105

Not official times.

Publicado por: ` el Jun 10 2005, 12:17 AM

McLaren will give second tester Pedro de la Rosa another turn at the 'Friday' wheel in North America. The Spaniard is scheduled to take over from Alex Wurz, third driver at Monaco and last weekend, during free practice from the Canadian grand prix.

McLaren will give second tester Pedro de la Rosa another turn at the 'Friday' wheel in North America. The Spaniard is scheduled to take over from Alex Wurz, third driver at Monaco and last weekend, during free practice from the Canadian grand prix.

Publicado por: pca el Jun 24 2005, 01:55 AM

06/23/05

Pedro de la Rosa trains tomorrow at Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa moves today to the Andalusian track of Jerez to replace tomorrow the also test driver Alex Wurz in the last day of tests that McLaren Mercedes develops this week. De la Rosa will prepare along with Kimi Raikkonen the next Grands Prix of France and England that will be celebrated the 3rd and the 10th of July, respectively.

Publicado por: pca el Jul 17 2005, 06:39 PM

07/15/2005

PEDRO DE LA ROSA FLIES AT JEREZ

Pedro de la Rosa has obtained today the best time in the last day of tests of this week in Jerez. The Spanish driver has stopped the time in 1:16.929 and has made a total of 65 laps at the Andalusian track, being the only driver of the session that has been in times of 1:16. De la Rosa has finalized the program of tests planned by McLaren Mercedes in substitution of Kimi Raikkonen who has not been able to move to Jerez by stomach problems.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:16.929 65
2. Nick Heidfeld Williams BMW (M) 1:17.250 80
3. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:17.259 131
4. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:17.350 119
5. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:17.359 144
6. Takuma Sato BAR Honda (M) 1:17.383 116
7. Anthony Davidson BAR Honda (M) 1:17.548 119
8. Jacques Villeneuve Sauber (M) 1:17.604 94
9. Heikki Kovalainen Renault (M) 1:17.672 91
10. David Coulthard Red Bull (M) 1:17.855 56
11. Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull (M) 1:18.173 88
12. Ralf Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:18.973 47
13. Enrique Bernoldi BAR Honda 1:21.197 57
14. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:21.314 45

Source: Circuito de Jerez

Publicado por: pca el Aug 1 2005, 01:01 AM

31/7/05 (from American to UK English )

Pedro will be the third McLaren driver at Turkey

Pedro de la Rosa will practise of third driver in the next Grand Prix that will be celebrated in Turkey the 21st of August in this new circuit with great ramps in which the dust and the logical ignorance of the track will be the main enemies of the drivers.

Publicado por: pca el Aug 1 2005, 01:07 AM

I think it's a better headline:

Pedro will be McLaren's third driver at Turkey

Sorry.

Publicado por: pca el Aug 30 2005, 06:29 PM

30/8/05

Pedro will be McLaren's third driver in Italy

PEDRO DE LA ROSA

"As a result of it's unique characteristics, Monza is a challenging track to get right set-up wise, so I will be conducting some additional work in this area with Kimi and Juan Pablo on Friday. We had a good test with Michelin last week at Monza, completing much of the tyre selection programme."

Source: www.mclaren.com

Publicado por: pca el Sep 13 2005, 03:20 AM

12/9/05

Pedro will be testing this week in Silverstone

According to McLaren's official website Pedro and his teammate Alex Wurz will be testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Publicado por: pca el Sep 14 2005, 04:01 AM

13/9/05

DE LA ROSA DRIVES FOR FIRST TIME WITH THE NEW V8 OF MCLAREN MERCEDES

Pedro de la Rosa has been the first driver of the McLaren Mercedes team who has driven the new V8 engine that the team will use the next season in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The Spanish driver is very pleased with the tests made today in the circuit of Silverstone because he could complete the program that team of Woking had predicted. Tomorrow De la Rosa will again get into the McLaren MP4/20 with V8 engine to continue the evolution of the new engine.

1. Fernando Alonso Renault (M) 1:17.104 119
2. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:17.109 68
3. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:18.138 85
4. Heikki Kovalainen Renault (M) 1:18.714 79
5. Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth (M) 1:19.401 79
6. Christian Klien Red Bull Cosworth (M) 1:19.906 67
7. Anthony Davidson Jordan Toyota (cool.gif 1:21.011 58
8. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:21.610 34
9. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:24.477 38

Publicado por: pca el Sep 15 2005, 02:32 AM

14/9/05

PEDRO DE LA ROSA TUNES THE NEW V8 OF MCLAREN MERCEDES

Pedro de la Rosa has continued today in Silverstone the tests that the German-Briton team had planned with the new V8 engine that the team will use the next season. The McLaren Mercedes one has ran in a total of 40 laps in the English circuit and he has been pleased with the results of the new engine. De la Rosa has stopped the time in 1:22.974 and he has been the only driver in track that has ran in with a V8 engine.

1. Fernando Alonso Renault (M) 1:17.018 111
2. Alex Wurz McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:17.673 114
3. Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Racing (M) 1:17.673 83
4. GianCarlo Fisichella Renault (M) 1:18.024 78
5. Ralf Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:18.523 72
6. Antonio Pizzonia William BMW (M) 1:18.695 34
7. Christian Klien Red Bull Cosworth (M) 1:18.721 96
8. Nico Rosberg Williams BMW 1:19.028 61
9. Olivier Panis Toyota (M) 1:19.051 62
10. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:22.974 40
11. Sakon Yamamoto Jordan Toyota (M) 1:23.514 73

Publicado por: pca el Sep 22 2005, 06:54 PM

22/09/05

Pedro will be McLaren's third driver in Japan and China

The driver of McLaren Mercedes will practise as third driver in the two last events of the World Championship, 7th October in Japan and 14th in China. De la Rosa will train next week in Jerez to prepare them.

Publicado por: pca el Sep 28 2005, 03:32 PM

27/9/05

Pedro de la Rosa prepares the last GPs in Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa will start tomorrow the intense programme of tests that McLaren Mercedes has planned this week in the Andalusian track. He will prepare, in the last tests of the season, the remaining two Grand Prix for disputing: Japan and China.

De la Rosa will go out to the track tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday along with his team mate Alex Wurz.

Publicado por: pca el Sep 29 2005, 04:39 PM

28/9/05

Pedro de la Rosa, the fastest in Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa has trained today in the Andalusian circuit of Jerez to prepare the last two events of the Championship that will be celebrated in Japan the 9th of October and in China a week later. The Spanish driver has stopped the stopwatch in 1:16.410, being the fastest driver of the day and running in a total of 83 laps. De la Rosa has been centred mainly in tyre testing.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1.16.410 83
2. Mark Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1.16.734 103
3. Antonio Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) 1.16.790 79
4. Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1.16.834 71
5. Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Racing (M) 1.17.019 109
6. Ralf Schumacher Toyota (M) 1.17.652 87
7. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1.20.762 70

Source: Circuito de Jerez

Publicado por: pca el Sep 30 2005, 12:49 AM

29/09/05

Pedro de la Rosa borders on the Circuit of Jerez officious track record

Pedro de la Rosa has completed today the training programme that McLaren Mercedes had planned, scoring the best time of the day and bordering on the officious track record in hands of the seven times Champion Michael Schumacher. The Spanish driver has obtained a time of 1:15.737, less than a tenth from the record signed on 2004 (1:15.650) and running in a total of 107 laps. Today De la Rosa has continued the work of tyre selection for the GP of China in the last tests of McLaren Mercedes this season.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1.15.737 107
2. Alex Wurz Mclaren-Mercedes (M) 1:16.419 117
3. Franck Montagny Renault (M) 1:16.543 121
4. Christian Klien Red Bull Racing (M) 1:16.791 121
5. Anthony Davidson Bar-Honda(M) 1:17.535 93
6. Jarno Trulli Toyota (M) 1:18.836 89
7. Tony Kanaan BAR Honda (M) 1:19.114 50
8. Ricardo Zonta Toyota (M) 1:20.111 58
9. Lucas Di Grassi Renault (M) 1:21.501 50

Souce of the times: Circuito de Jerez

Publicado por: pca el Nov 10 2005, 10:35 PM

7/11/05

Pedro de la Rosa champion of the Carrera de las Estrellas

Pedro de la Rosa achieved yesterday the victory in the second edition of the "Carrera de las Estrellas" with a total of 17 points. The Spanish was the only one of the ten drivers who was on the podium in the two races obtaining the second position (9 points) in the first and the third position (8 points) in the second. The second in the table was the teammate of De La Rosa and host, Juan Pablo Montoya, with 15 points, whereas Roger Yasukawa finished in third position.

This competition is celebrated with charitable aims in the city of Cartagena de Indias to collect funds for the Foundation Formula Sonrisas. De la Rosa has been the winner of this edition, just like was Juan Pablo Montoya two years ago in the first edition celebrated in the 2003.

1. Pedro de la Rosa 17 (9+8)
2. Juan Pablo Montoya 15 (10+5)
3. Roger Yasukawa 12 (8+4)
4. Dan Wheldon 12 (6+6)
5. Christian Klien 12 (3+9)
6. Vitontonio Liuzzi 12 (2+10)
7. Helio Castroneves 10 (7+3)
8. Antonio Pizzonia 8 (1+7)
9. Christijan Albers 6 (4+2)
10. Oliver Ronzheimer 5 (5+0)

Publicado por: Pethead el Nov 13 2005, 12:33 AM

What will happen to PDLR in 2006? Still a McLaren testdriver or??

Publicado por: pca el Nov 13 2005, 05:02 AM

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What will happen to PDLR in 2006? Still a McLaren testdriver or??


Without an offer of a race seat in other team, Pedro will be surely McLaren's third driver next year.

We have the new Super Aguri team and Jacques Villeneuve is not yet confirmed at BMW, but I think test driver in McLaren it is the most likely at this moment.

Publicado por: canario el Nov 14 2005, 10:41 PM

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What will happen to PDLR in 2006? Still a McLaren testdriver or??


Well, it all depends on the level of "greedyness" of any team...
If a top team wants to win the championship, they definatelly need Pedro. There are no other options, as Alonso and Kimi are already taken.
Also, if an average-top team wants to win some races, they need Pedro.
He is better than both Montoya an Kimi as the telemetry has shown.

Hopefully, some team owners could understand that the purpose of the F1 is to win races, so they do hire Pedro.
The marketing associated with some other F1 drivers provides that glamour and publicity to the teams, but of course, there is nothing like winning. And for that, they need Pedro.

Who else can drive like him?
Absolutelly nobody!

He has the technique of Senna, the guts of Mansell, the car understanding of Schummy, and the strategy of Prost. Pedro is a World Champion with any car in the top 75%, but for sure.

Desde Chicago

Publicado por: pca el Feb 19 2005, 12:29 AM

Well, here in this topic we will post English news about Pedro.

I start, copied from the Spanish Forum:

McLaren's third car is 'key'
Third driver believes that extra Friday running may be crucial for McLaren. By Jonathan Noble

McLaren third driver Pedro de la Rosa has told autosport.com that he believes the Woking-based team must make the most of its extra car on the Fridays of grand prix weekends if the team is to capitalise on the promise of its MP4-20.

The Mercedes Benz-powered team's 2005 challenger has been marked out as one of the pre-season favourites for victory in Melbourne, but de la Rosa is adamant that with rivals Renault showing as much speed in testing up until now, the third car could provide the added muscle needed to lift McLaren to the top.

Speaking to autosport.com about the team's chances for the year, a beaming de la Rosa could not hide his confidence about the MP4-20 and was eagerly awaiting getting on with his Friday role.

“We have made a very good car - that is the truth,” said de la Rosa. “And Michelin has made a very big step forward. We really have to take advantage of having the third car, which is my job. It's a lot of responsibility on me and I'm very happy to take that."

McLaren's dismal start to the 2004 campaign, where its MP4-19 was left struggling near the back of the field, meant the outfit could manage no better than fifth overall in the constructors' championship – even though the transformed MP4-19B helped Kimi Raikkonen win in Belgium.

That fifth placed finish means that McLaren qualifies to run the third car on the Friday of grand prix weekends throughout 2005 – a factor that could prove a massive advantage. Last year BAR benefitted from the input of Anthony Davidson with its third car.

De la Rosa added: "The car is very quick, and it's so driveable. You don't have to fight the car this year, and so far we haven't had any engine problems. Reliability is good. In terms of speed, Renault are on a par with us, so we have to be careful, but we are very well prepared for the season and let's see in Melbourne.”

Publicado por: canario el Aug 20 2009, 04:26 PM

I wish Pedro is racing this next year at Campos Meta, like some newspapers are saying...
He will do an outstanding job for sure.

If he gets the official driver seat for next year F-1, I will drive from Chicago to Montreal to see the 2010 race. You can hold me to that!

GO PEDRO GO!!!

Publicado por: Vincent Hill el Aug 23 2009, 03:08 PM

Perhaps with the excellent results that this having Kovalainen, it would be desirable and very interesting that position for Pedro, but that is a dream.

Go Pedro

Publicado por: Frilans el Jan 19 2010, 11:54 AM



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