Date: 22nd November 2011 at 9:04am
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Pedro de la Rosa will leave McLaren and return to racing in 2012 with the HRT team.

The McLaren reserve team driver has signed a 2-year-deal with the Spanish team and the 40-year-old Spaniard is looking forward to a return to racing and the challenge of joining the slowest team in the paddock and developing with the team over the period of his contract.

?This is a very important step in my sporting career and one of the most meditated ones I?ve taken, I?m at a very good stage in terms of maturity and am prepared to take on this challenge, which motivates me hugely. de la Rosa told formula1.com.

?When deciding on joining this project, for me there were three decisive factors: my desire to return to the active competition, the fact that HRT is a Spanish team and getting to know the people leading this project, Luis Perez-Sala being amongst them. I?m here to work hard, with modesty and humility, accepting where we are now but keeping in mind where we want to be in two years? time.?

Pedro de la Rosa’s last race was at the Canadian Grand Prix in June when he stepped in for Sergio Perez at Sauber after he was still struggling following his accident in Monaco.

2010 was the last time de la Rosa was in frequent competition when he started the first 14 races of the season.

Overall he has started 85 Grand Prix’s since making his debut with Arrows in 1999. He has scored 35 world championship points over his career and his best finish was second place for McLaren at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

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