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Pedro de la Rosa rejoins McLaren

Pedro de la Rosa has returned to McLaren as its official test and reserve driver. De la Rosa was with the team from 2003 until he was signed up to race for Sauber for the 2010 season. However, after being dropped by the Swiss team mid-season last year, the Spanish driver will now return to his old position at McLaren to help develop the current MP4-26 with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. "Of all the teams I've driven for in Formula 1, McLaren is the one that really feels like home," said de la Rosa. "So I'm very excited about returning to the team to help push the development of the MP4-26. Lewis and Jenson already have an extremely positive and productive working relationship - so, building on and adding to their existing rapport, I'm aiming to do everything I can to help them get even more from our car, our engineers and our technical resources back at the McLaren Technology Centre." McLaren’s current test driver, Gary Paffett will also remain in this role with the McLaren team. Team principal, Martin Whitmarsh said: "I know I speak for all my colleagues when I say that I'm delighted that Pedro has chosen to return to McLaren." "He rejoins us with even greater experience, and his motivation and attention to detail remain as sharp as ever. His recruitment adds considerable strength in depth to our driver line-up. With two world champion race drivers in Lewis and Jenson, and two of the world's most experienced and capable development drivers in Pedro and Gary, we feel we have a quartet of talent that is absolutely second-to-none." "Meanwhile, we wish Gary a very successful season in the DTM series with Mercedes-Benz - and are delighted that, away from the world's racetracks, he'll continue to give us the benefit of his considerable technical and developmental abilities."

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