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De la Rosa to join Pirelli development programme 23 Sep 2010

Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 12 September 2010

Although he has only just lost his BMW Sauber race seat to Nick Heidfeld, it looks like Pedro de la Rosa won’t be sitting on the bench for very long. Pirelli revealed on Thursday that De la Rosa will be back in action over the coming weeks, as part of their Formula One tyre development programme.

The Italian company will become the sport’s sole tyre supplier from next season and has been carrying out test runs over the last few weeks ahead of their return. Pirelli Tyre CEO, Francesco Gori, confirmed De la Rosa’s appointment during a press conference at the Turkish factory where they will manufacture their Formula One tyres.

Heidfeld himself carried out three two-day tests for Pirelli before his return to racing with BMW Sauber at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Former Renault driver Romain Grosjean has been in action for the tyre manufacturer this week in Monza, and is expected to continue development work alongside De la Rosa.

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