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 NewsFerrari: The car will continue to improve right to the endMassa advises Alonso to resist McLaren switchFerrari: We had to deal with some reliability problemsFerrari pay tribute to Santander boss BotinAlonso: Someday I’ll talk too and somebody will not like itAlonso: Ferrari is bigger than any one individualRaikkonen launches Ferrari Lego rangeAlonso says radio clampdown makes no differenceWebber thinks Vettel lacks feeling for carMarchionne attitude gets thumbs 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!!!