Whitmarh makes de la Rosa an offer he can't refuse

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has expressed delight at Pedro de la Rosa’s appointment to at race seat the Sauber team for the 2010 season, which was announced two days ago. De la Rosa has been McLaren’s official test driver for the last seven years, and his role with Sauber will be the Spaniard’s first full-time race driver role since he drove for Jaguar in 2002.

Since being with McLaren, de la Rosa has raced nine times for the team in place of Juan Pablo Montoya, peaking with a podium place at the rain-hit 2006 Hungarian GP.

"Pedro has never made any secret of his continued ambition to race in Formula 1, so we were never going to stand in his way should an attractive opportunity come his way," said Whitmarsh.

"He’s been a fantastic team player for the past seven years, has contributed a huge amount to our successes in that time and will remembered by all at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as not only an esteemed colleague but also as a good friend."

Is Pedro going to be making it easy every time a McLaren wants to pass him in 2010???

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Richard Bailey

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