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HRT sign McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa for 2012 // Pedro de la Rosa signs for HRT for next season

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HRT sign McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa for 2012
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Long time McLaren reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa will leave the team next season and join HRT as one of their 2012 lineup. At 40 years old, De La Rosa will be one of the oldest on the grid, but the Spaniard believes it is the right step for him, saying: “This is one of the most meditated steps I’ve taken. I’m at a very good stage in terms of maturity and am prepared to take on this challenge, which motivates me hugely. When deciding on joining this project, for me there were three decisive factors: my desire to return to active competition, the fact that HRT is a Spanish team and getting to know the people leading this project.”

HRT are looking forward to getting some of Pedro’s experience into the team, whilst McLaren are, understandably, sad to see him go. Martin Whitmarsh paid tribute to his time with them, saying: “Pedro is the archetypal team player, a big motivational presence in our team, and he’s someone whom I personally will always count as a true friend.”