Pirelli are bidding farewell to their test driver Pedro de la Rosa – who has helped them get their new tyres up to speed for the coming Formula One season – as he returns to his former role as a McLaren reserve driver.
Paul Hembery, motorsport chief for the Italian tyres manufacturer, said: “We’d like to thank Pedro for all his valuable work with us and wish him the very best for the future.
“It’s a shame that we won’t be able to benefit from his experience any more in 2011, but we will be announcing our new test driver shortly.
“It seems that every time Pirelli employs a test driver, they become immediately more attractive to Formula 1 teams – so maybe we should look at taking a commission on their future earnings from now on!”
The Spaniard is returning to McLaren as its test and reserve driver, a job he left at the start of last year to take up a race seat with Sauber.
However, he was subsequently ditched in favour of Nick Heidfield – whose job he then took over as development driver for Pirelli’s new Formula One tyre programme.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team