Jaguar signs La Rosa as test driver

Jaguar Racing today announces that it has signed Pedro de la Rosa as an additional test driver for the 2001 season. The 29 -year old Spaniard from Barcelona has agreed a one -year testing contract and will race for the team in the future. ...

Jaguar Racing today announces that it has signed Pedro de la Rosa as an additional test driver for the 2001 season.

The 29 -year old Spaniard from Barcelona has agreed a one -year testing contract and will race for the team in the future. Jaguar Racing Chief Executive and Team Principal Bobby Rahal commented:

"Pedro demons trated last season that he is a quick and able driver and his input will be invaluable as we develop our R2 Formula One car over the course of the coming season. By hiring Pedro, we are sending out a clear signal of our intention to develop Jaguar Racing i nto a championship challenging team in the future".

De la Rosa will join 20 -year old South African Tomas Scheckter who was appointed as Jaguar Racing's development driver in September 2000.

De la Rosa's early career progressed through karting and saloon car racing in Spain to achieve championship titles in both Formula Ford (Spanish Champion 1990) and Formula Renault (British and European Champion 1992). He then competed in the British Formula Three championship in 1993 and 1994 before leaving Europe to race in the Japanese Formula Three and Formula Nippon series (1995 and 1997 Champion respectively). He broke into Formula One with a test drive for Jordan in 1998 and raced for the Arrows team in 1999 (17 th position) and 2000 (15 th position).

<pre> PEDRO DE LA ROSA

*       Date of birth:                  24th February 1971
*       Marital Status:                 Single
*       Lives:                          UK
*       Height:                         1.77m
*       Weight:                         73kg
*       Hobbies:                        Mountain biking, general sports, reading, music

Grand Prix Summary * Starts: 33 * Poles: 0 * Wins: 0 * Fastest Laps: 0 * Podium Finishes: 0 * Points: 3

Career details 1988: First kart race. Awarded scholarship in "Ofensiva Uno" by the Spanish Automobile Federation. 1989: Winner of Spanish Formula Fiat Uno Championship with the SAF with 2 wins and 3 podiums from 7 races. 1990: Winner of Spanish Formula Ford 1600 Championship ­ "Racing for Spain" (Minister International) with the SAF with 8 wins and 1 podium from 10 races. Also 2 podium finishes from 6 sta rts in the RAC British Formula Ford Championship and finalist in the Formula Ford Festival. 1991: Spanish Formula Renault Championship ­ "Racing for Spain" (Minister International) with the SAF: 10 races, 3 podium finishes, 4th in championship. 1992: Winner of both the British and European Formula Renault Championships ­ "Racing for Spain" (Minister International) with the SAF: 3 wins and 4 podium finishes from 14 races in the British Championship and 2 wins from 3 races in the European series. 1993: British Formula 3 Championship ­ "Racing for Spain" (West Surrey Racing) with the SAF: 3 podium finishes from 17 races and 6th in championship. 1994: British Formula 3 Championship - "Racing for Spain" (West Surrey Racing) with the SAF. Works Renault developm ent programme: 17 races ­ no championship results. Pole position in the International Formula 3 Challenge (Donington). 1995: Winner of the All -Japan Formula 3 Championship (Toyota Team Tom's) with 8 wins and 1 second from 9 starts: 3rd overall in the Mac au GP (FIA F3 World Cup). 1996: Formula Nippon F3000 Championship (Team Shiogoni-Nova): 8th in championship with 1 second and 6 top-six finishes from 10 races. All-Japan GT Championship (Toyota Team Tom's ­ co -driving with Masanori Sekiya): 8th in championship with 2 third places from 6 races. Macau GP (FIA F3 World Cup ­ Paul Stewart Racing): 7th overall. 1997: Winner of Formula Nippon F3000 Championship (Team Shiogoni-Nova): 6 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third place with 4 poles and 3 fastest laps. Winner of the All -Japan GT Championship (Toyota Team Tom's ­ co -driving with Michael Krumm): 2 wins, 1 second and 1 third with 2 poles and 1 fastest lap from 6 races. 1998: Benson & Hedges Jordan Grand Prix. Reserve and test driver with over 4,500kms of testing c ompleted at Silverstone, Magny -Cours, Catalunya and Monza. 1999: FIA Formula One World Championship (Team Arrows Grand Prix): scored 1 point with a sixth place in first GP (Australia) and finished the championship (16 races) in 17th place. 2000: FIA Formul a One World Championship (Team Orange Arrows Grand Prix): 2 sixth places (European GP ­ Nurburgring and German GP ­ Hockenheim) ­ 15 th in championship (17 races). 2001: Jaguar Racing. Test Driver.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Pedro de la Rosa , Bobby Rahal , Michael Krumm , Paul Stewart , Masanori Sekiya
Teams Jaguar Racing , Jordan