Domenicali: Alonso did not choose De la Rosa 17 January, 2013 Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has denied that Fernando Alonso pushed for the hiring of fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa as the Maranello team’s new specialist simulator driver. With his 2012 race employer HRT now folded, it is rumoured that de la Rosa had to start looking around for a new job because McLaren – where he served as the British team’s highly respected and long-time test driver – was unimpressed with the 41-year-old’s continual departures. His arrival at Ferrari may have been helped by the ‘Alonso factor’, as they are both Spaniards and – ironically – were friends at McLaren during the notorious ‘spygate’ scandal. Indeed, de la Rosa’s new Ferrari role has triggered suggestions that Alonso is having an increasing influence on the shape of the fabled Maranello team. “We took the decision as a team,” team boss Domenicali insisted, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We needed to make a jump in quality in [the simulator,] and Pedro met our requirements perfectly. “Then, if he does get on with both Fernando and Massa, that’s even better! We can therefore avoid confusion [in the team]!” he smiled. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsGutierrez’s Mexican sponsors follow him to FerrariFry and Tombazis axed as Ferrari revolution continuesGutierrez: An honour to become part of the Ferrari familyTodt: Ferrari is like someone who is tired and needs a doctorArrivabene: Ferrari on the attack until we are back where we should beFry set to follow Tombazis out the Ferrari doorFerrari and Renault set to exploit engine freeze loopholeEx-Mercedes tech chief Bell set for Ferrari moveVettel and Raikkonen among richest Swiss residentsHaas: Whoever I spoke to at Ferrari got fired! McLarenfan So next it will be Nigel Stepney back with the additional input of Mike Coughlan just joking Forza Ferrari Pedro’s experience will definitely be a very useful asset for Ferrari. It was a good decision to bring in someone as experienced as de la Rosa to test on the simulator. Gooo Ferrari!!!