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Pedro de la Rosa signed to Ferrari development role // HRT's loss is Ferrari's gain as De la Rosa gets some simulator sessions

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Pedro de la Rosa signed to Ferrari development role
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With the demise of HRT, Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa was left without a race seat for the coming 2013 season, but he has now secured a return to his testing roots with none other than Ferrari.

The Scuderia confirmed Pedro as part of the team, with Stefano Domenicali, saying: “We decided to add De la Rosa to our group of drivers mainly to strengthen one area, namely work in the simulator, which with the current regulations regarding testing is becoming ever more important.”

De la Rosa has previously driven for Arrows, Jaguar, Sauber, HRT and McLaren, and has spent six full seasons as McLaren’s test driver as well, so he should know what he’s doing in the simulator.

Talking of driver signings, Domenicali was quick to shoot down the endless Vettel to Ferrari rumours, saying of a potential Vettel and Alonso pairing: “A dream team is fantastic if correctly managed, but at the moment we are not looking at that. We want to ensure the team is as well balanced as possible.”