de la Rosa happy with McLaren role

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa answers a few questions on his new role: What does your new role as test driver for Team McLaren Mercedes mean to you? "It is an opportunity for me to be in a top team, to drive a competitive car, hopefully...

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa answers a few questions on his new role:

What does your new role as test driver for Team McLaren Mercedes mean to you?

"It is an opportunity for me to be in a top team, to drive a competitive car, hopefully learn a lot and to help the team to move forward. It is the next step in my career."

How have your enjoyed working with the team so far?

"So far it has been very good, I think the atmosphere in the test team is great. I have a lot of work to do yet though to get more integrated into the team."

What skills do you think that you will be bringing to the team?

"Experience. I have been with several teams in Formula 1. I have worked with Michelin before and I know the tyres that the team uses well. I am quick, I am a competitive person and I am here to help the team."

What were your first impressions of the Team McLaren Mercedes MP4-17D?

"The car is very easy to drive -- a very consistent car. The cornering speeds are very high compared to what I am used to, and it is a very driveable engine. Yes, as a complete package the car is very easy to drive."

Are you looking forward to driving the MP4-18?

"Yes, but one step at a time! First I have to get used to the MP4-17D and there are more opportunities to drive the MP4-17D before I move on to the MP4-18. My goal with the team at the current time is to help with the MP4-17D with the final evolution of the car."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa
Teams Mercedes , McLaren