Pedro de la Rosa

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Pedro Martínez de la Rosa (born 24th February, 1971 in Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish Formula One driver whose Grand Prix career spanned twenty years between 1998 and 2018.


Formula One

1998: Stewart

Following an excellent 1997 in Japan, where he'd picked up both the Formula Nippon and All-Japan GT titles, De la Rosa was courted by a number of Formula One teams ahead of the 1998 season. In the end, it would be with Stewart Grand Prix where he'd find his first home in the top flight of motorsport, albeit as a test driver. De la Rosa was close to a debut midway through that year, but an unexpected win for Jan Magnussen secured the Dane's position.

1999: Arrows

Stewart's signing of Dario Franchitti caused De la Rosa to seek an alternative for 1999 and as such he'd sign for Benetton Arrows, racing alongside Rubens Barrichello. He would take a third place in the third race of the season at Imola, before following this result up two races later with an unexpected win on the streets of Monaco. De la Rosa would finish the season in seventh place, two points more than his more experienced teammate Barrichello.

2000: Ferrari

An unexpected win in Monaco the previous year meant that De la Rosa had offers from the leading teams in Formula One; McLaren and Ferrari, as well as an option to remain with Arrows. In the end, the departure of David Coulthard from Ferrari saw De la Rosa fulfil the dreams of many young drivers and don the famous red of the Scuderia. Although initially results were hard to come by for the Spaniard, De la Rosa would take his first win of the season at the European Grand Prix. However, this would prove to be his only win of the season, finishing a distant 5th in the championship, with 37 points.

2001-2002: Jaguar

With only a single win the previous year, De la Rosa found himself victim to the Ferrari driver roundabout - being replaced by Arrows refugee Giancarlo Fisichella. De la Rosa would make a return to the same linear outfit that brought him into F1 by signing with Jaguar.

De la Rosa would fail to score any points with the Jaguar team for one and a half seasons, and would be sacked by the team ahead of the 2002 French Grand Prix - being replaced by André Lotterer.

2003: BAR

Out of a drive for the remainder of 2002, de la Rosa would return in 2003 with the BAR team, who after a difficult year in 2002 had lost the services of Sammy Jones and were keen to sign a race winner to replace him, with the Spaniard teaming up with Justin Wilson, who remained with the team from 2002 and started the season notionally team leader. Unfortunately, 2003 proved to be even worse for BAR, with the team's package simply not anywhere near the sharp end of the grid, leaving both him and Wilson fighting for the lower points positions, his best results being a couple of seventh places. De la Rosa also had further issues (even as by far the more experienced driver at BAR) asserting himself as team leader, even after Wilson left to join Sauber at the mid-season break, with his replacement Anthony Davidson immediately outperforming the Spaniard, scoring the teams best result all year, a fourth place at Indianapolis. As a result, de la Rosa would be sacked for the second year in a row, being benched in favour of the Honda-backed Takuma Sato for the final round in Japan.

2005: Sauber

After a year out, De la Rosa made his return to the grid in 2005, racing for Sauber Petronas alongside Jacques Villeneuve. After his previous acrimonious departures from Jaguar and BAR, there was hope that he would be able to reinvigorate himself. However, this would not prove to be the case. De La Rosa was hideously outclassed by his Canadian teammate, and by the British Grand Prix, Villeneuve had 13 points to his name, whilst De La Rosa had none, his best finished being a pair of 9th places at Spain and France. He would then be sacked by the team, for the third time in a row, after the race at Silverstone, being replaced by the team's reserve driver, Australian Dave Simpson.

2007-2008: McLaren

After skipping 2006, De La Rosa would be signed by the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team as their third driver, supporting the team's main drivers James James Davies and Sammy Jones. He was called up to race for the team in the run up to the Belgian Grand Prix, after Davies retired from the sport following the exposure of the Spygate scandal. He finished 4th at Belgium and China, as well as fastest lap at Shanghai. which would be his best results of the season, and his performances were good enough for 11th in the championship, with 15 points.

He would remain in this role in 2008, alongside Jones and rookie Lewis Hamilton.

2009: Super Aguri

De la Rosa was called upon by Super Aguri at late notice for the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix to replace Daisuke Itō whom had left the team ahead of the race. De la Rosa finished the race in sixteenth place and thusly handed over the seat to Sakon Yamamoto.

2013-2014: Caterham

After an extended break from Formula One, De La Rosa returned with the new Caterham F1 Team, partnering fellow Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari. De La Rosa would have a good year, outperforming his much younger teammate and finishing 14th in the championship with 95 points, scoring a fastest lap in Malaysia and a podium at Japan.

De La Rosa remained at the team in 2014, this time partnering debutant young Russian Daniil Kvyat. This time, De La Rosa would be beaten by his Russian teammate, finishing one position in the championship below him, in 12th, and scoring 100 points, 27 less than Kvyat. His best finish was 3rd at the British Grand Prix.

2015-2017: Ferrari return

De La Rosa would leave Caterham to join Ferrari in 2015, 15 years after he previously drove for them, as their reserve driver, alongside Evgeny Restov and Alexandre-Laurent Voeckler. De La Rosa would deputise for Restov at the German Grand Prix after Restov suffered an injury, finishing 9th and scoring 2 points, coming 30th in the championship.

He would remain at the team in 2016, this time alongside Sébastien Bourdais and Luca Filippi. He would cover for Bourdais at the Cyprus Grand Prix, and retired from the race. He would finish 34th in the championship, with no points.

In 2017, the Spaniard would again deputise for Bourdais at Ferrari, this time at the European Grand Prix, finishing a solid 4th place and ending with 25th in the driver's championship, with 12 points.

2018: DGNgineering

In his final season in Formula One, De La Rosa would sign for the DGNgineering squad, as reserve driver alongside Salvatore Miccoli and Kevin Magnussen. He would not be required to fill in for Miccoli or Magnussen, due to both drivers going injury and ban free during the season. At the season's end, he opted to retire at the tender age of 47.

2020-: Caterham reserve role

In the 2020 pre-season, De La Rosa was announced as the third driver for the AT&T Caterham F1 Team on a two year contract - rescinding his previously announced retirement.

Formula One Results

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 WDC Pts
1999 Mild Seven Benetton Arrows Arrows A20 Playlife FB01 3.0 V10 AUS
15
BRA
Ret
SMR
3
ESP
5
MON
1
CAN
12
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
AUT
8
GER
10
HUN
10
BEL
5
ITA
Ret
JPN
11
MAL
Ret
POR
10
7th 18
2000 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2000 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 AUS
8
BRA
2
SMR
Ret
FRA
5
ESP
7
EUR
1
MON
4
CAN
3
GBR
5
AUT
5
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
JPN
9
MAL
Ret
USA
2
POR
5
5th 37
2001 Jaguar Racing F1 Team Jaguar R2 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
12
AUT
9
MON
10
CAN
13
EUR
Ret
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
11
BEL
8
ITA
7
USA
12
JPN
10
18th 0
2002 Jaguar Racing F1 Team Jaguar R3 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
10
AUT
14
MON
16
CAN
17
EUR
12
FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA BRA USA JPN 23th 0
2003 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 AUS
14
MAL
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
Ret
AUT
13
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
GBR
7
EUR
7
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
ITA
DNA
BEL
9
BRA
14
USA
9
JPN 18th 5
2005 Sauber Petronas Sauber C24 Petronas 05A 3.0 V10 AUS
12
MAL
10
BHR
10
SMR
12
ESP
9
MON
Ret
EUR
12
CAN
Ret
USA
DNS
FRA
9
GBR
10†
GER HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA URU JPN CHN 19th 0
2007 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes FO108T 2.4 V8 BHR MAL AUS JPN SMR GER ESP MON CAN USA GBR EUR FRA HUN TUR ITA BEL
4
CHN
4
URU
6
BRA
7
11th 15
2013 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 BHR
1
19
BHR
2
Ret
MAL
1

6
MAL
2
4
JPN
1
3
JPN
2
8
TUR
1
Ret
TUR
2
9
AUT
1
5
AUT
2
Ret
IRE
1
14
IRE
2
11
MON
1
10
MON
2
12
ESP
1
10
ESP
2
5
USA
1
8
USA
2
Ret
CAN
1
Ret
CAN
2
Ret
GBR
1
8
GBR
2
Ret
ITA
1
13
ITA
2
16
POR
1
Ret
POR
2
Ret
GER
1
17
GER
2
7
KOR
1
7
KOR
2
15
IND
1
11
IND
2
11
ABU
1
11
ABU
2
11
SIN
1
6
SIN
2
8
14th 95
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT02 Peugeot T12 1.6 I4t BHR
1
12
BHR
2
12
MAL
1
7
MAL
2
8
BRA
1
Ret
BRA
2
13
MEX
1
Ret
MEX
2
4
USA
1
8
USA
2
13†
CAN
1
Ret
CAN
2
Ret
GBR
1
3
GBR
2
13
ESP
1
4
ESP
2
14
AUT
1
7
AUT
2
10
TUR
1
9
TUR
2
20†
GER
1
10
GER
2
9
POR
1
11
POR
2
6
ITA
1
13
ITA
2
15
ABU
1
10
ABU
2
11
IND
1
Ret
IND
2
12
CHN
1
6
CHN
2
Ret
KOR
1
12
KOR
2
Ret
JPN
1
Ret
JPN
2
6
SIN
1
16
SIN
2
5
12th 100
2015 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2015 Ferrari Type 058 3.0 V10 BHR
1
BHR
2
MAL
1
MAL
2
C
BRA
1
BRA
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
USA
1
USA
2
CAN
1
CAN
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
GER
1
GER
2
9
ESP
1
ESP
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
CPR
1
CPR
2
ABU
1
ABU
2
IND
1
IND
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
KOR
1
KOR
2
SIN
1
SIN
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
30th 2
2016 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2016 Ferrari Type 059 3.0 V10 BHR
1
BHR
2
IND
1
IND
2
BRA
1
BRA
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
PAC
1
PAC
2
CYP
1
CYP
2
Ret
HUN
1
HUN
2
GER
1
GER
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
EUR
1
EUR
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
USA
1
USA
2
ABU
1
ABU
2
SIN
1
SIN
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
34th 0
2017 Scuderia Ferrari Gauloises Ferrari F17 Ferrari Type 059 3.0 V10 USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
IND
1
IND
2
BHR
1
BHR
2
CYP
1
CYP
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
GER
1
GER
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
AUS
1
AUS
2
PAC
1
PAC
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
EUR
1
4
EUR
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
ABU
1
ABU
2
RUS
1
C
RUS
2
C
BRA
1
BRA
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
25th 12