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. Related NewsFerrari deny that Pat Fry has been firedInside Ferrari: Working even harderMattiacci: Alonso is the best driver on the gridRaikkonen: I trust Ferrari, next year things will get betterFerrari: Team showed it could react extremely wellEarly birthday present for AlonsoAlonso: It tastes like a victory for usRaikkonen: I wanted to go again, but the team said no needFerrari: Mixed fortunes for our teamFerrari: We had to work a lot on the set-up 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!!!