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Pedro de la Rosa has been in Formula 1 since 1999 and is the second most experienced Spaniard in F1. He has shared a garage with four world champions: Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen. De la Rosa worked for McLaren and Pirelli in 2011 successfully testing the tyres used during the season for the Italian manufacturer. He is the fourth driver in the history of Formula 1 to participate in most test days behind Luca Badoer, Alex Wurz and Jarno Trulli. The driver from Barcelona has helped to develop winning cars in 35 Grands Prix, the most memorable ones coming in the 2008 season in which Lewis Hamilton won the drivers' championship. De la Rosa began competing in motorsport at the age of 17 before he was able to work his way up the categories before making it to F1. His first contact with F1 came when he landed a role as a test driver for Jordan in 1998. In 1999 he took part in his first race at Melbourne with Arrows finishing sixth and scored a point. He would spend one more year with the British team, followed by a two-year spell with Jaguar before arriving at McLaren in 2003 as a test and reserve driver. In 2010 he became a driver for Sauber but returned to McLaren the following season. He is currently the drivers' representative on the FIA's Circuits Commission and collaborates with this institution. De la Rosa was also the president of the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers' Association) in 2008 and 2009.

Driver Report

season so far

Race Date Grid Finish Pts. Total Pts.
Brazilian 25/11 24 17 0
United States 18/11 23 21 0
Abu Dhabi 04/11 22 17 0
Indian 28/10 22 23 0
Korean 14/10 22 22 0
Japanese 07/10 20 18 0
Singapore 23/09 24 17 0
Italian 09/09 23 18 0
Belgian 02/09 21 18 0
Hungarian 29/07 23 22 0
German 22/07 23 21 0
British 08/07 20 20 0
European 24/06 21 17 0
Canadian 10/06 20 23 0
Monaco 27/05 20 22 0
Spanish 13/05 22 19 0
Bahrain 22/04 20 20 0
Chinese 15/04 22 21 0
Malaysian 25/03 22 22 0
Australian 18/03 23 23 0
Canadian 12/06 17 12 0

previous seasons

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In the know
Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

In The Know
One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
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Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

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