HRT should have signed younger driver - Herbert

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Johnny Herbert has expressed his surprise at HRT's decision to sign Pedro de la Rosa for the next two seasons.

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Having made his Grand Prix debut in 1999, racing with Arrows, Jaguar and Sauber and serving as McLaren's long-term main test driver, the Spaniard de la Rosa is hugely experienced.

But, while his experience and nationality suits HRT, he is also forty years old and yet signed amid a flooded driver market.

"While he will bring experience to the team, I think that could have been used in different areas," Briton Herbert, whose 165 Grand Prix-career spanned 11 seasons, wrote in his column for The National.

"I personally would have preferred to see them getting a young, hard charger in, someone with something to prove and who will be hungry to impress and show what he can do."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Johnny Herbert
Teams Sauber , McLaren
Tags de la rosa, herbert, hrt