Pedro de la Rosa only had himself to blame after a costly late race error saw the Spaniard throw away another well-earned points’ finish at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Starting at the tail of the grid after a post-qualifying engine change, the Sauber driver had recovered to an excellent 10th place after choosing to fit wet tyres when the late rain shower hit the circuit.
This decision proved to be his undoing as the circuit wasn’t sufficiently wet enough at all parts, and by the time he arrived at Stavelot, his tyres were burned out and he ran off the circuit and dropped to 12th, later promoted to 11th when Jaime Alguersuari was penalised after the race.
“After I had to start at the back I should not complain […] but two laps before the end I was 10th and just in the points,” he said after the race.
“I was on full wet tyres, the rain was not heavy enough and there was not enough water on the track to stop destroying them. They went off quite quickly and when I tried to catch Vitaly Petrov I made a mistake. I went into the gravel and lost two places.
“Nevertheless for me it was the right move to go for full wet tyres. We had to take our chances today. It was more or less the same at my first pit stop when we fitted intermediates, but then had to change back to slicks.”
De la Rosa’s team-mate Kamui Kobayashi salvaged some pride for the team with a hard-charging drive to finish 8th, which included an entertaining late-race battle with the Mercedes GP drivers of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.
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