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Ferrari sign De la Rosa, confirm launch date 16 Jan 2013

Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula One Team in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, 15 November 2012 Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa uncover the new Ferrari F2012 Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 November 2012 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Ferrari F2012.
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Ferrari have recruited Formula One veteran Pedro de la Rosa to their development driver line-up. The former McLaren tester, who raced for HRT last season and has competed in 106 Grands Prix, will take part in technical, racing and commercial activities for the Italian team.

“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,” said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

De la Rosa becomes the third Spanish driver at Ferrari, joining fellow countrymen Fernando Alonso and development driver Marc Gene.

“It is amazingly motivating to be working for a team like Ferrari, not just because of what it represents in the history of Formula One and motoring in general, but also because it will be a completely new and very stimulating experience for me,” said De la Rosa, 41.

“I really hope I can get to work as soon as possible and to help in the development of the car. I am happy to be collaborating with Fernando again and also to be working with Felipe (Massa). There’s not much time until Australia, but there is a lot to do and I am available to help the team from right now.”

Speaking at Ferrari's Wrooom ski meeting in Italy, Domenicali also confirmed that the Scuderia will officially launch their 2013 car on February 1 at their Maranello factory. He added that the team are also currently looking at options for Jules Bianchi, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy who was Force India's reserve driver in 2012.

"We are currently trying to find him a role in Formula One and when we have some news, we will let you know,” said Domenicali.

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