Peter of the Rose: "The dream is that Fernando retires being world champion again"

The previous driver and Aston Martin ambassador talks on the Jeddah circuit in regards to the speedy progress of the staff, Alonso’s motivation and about his personal expertise

Pedro de la Rosa, within the Abu Dhabi take a look at, within the Aston Martin storage.BLONDRACING PRESS

Pedro!, they require him on the one hand. Pedro!, they require him for the opposite. Within the Aston Martin motorhome, Pedro de la Rosa discuss to this one and that one. After signing him final October, on the Jeddah circuit he skilled one in all his first races as an envoy, however evidently he has been with the staff all his life. And it’s that he has been within the staff all his life. My first job in Formulation 1 was as a Jordan tester, in 1998, and in any case it’s the identical staff, remembers the pilot turned dyke. The expectations round Fernando Alonso They’re already a risk and one in all your duties is to cease them. how? It is difficult. His job is coping with the media, serving to with advertising and taking part in occasions, however his place remains to be within the storage, alongside the drivers and mechanics, and what he sees there’s thrilling.

Fast, what number of wins will Alonso get this 12 months?
(Laughter) On TV they inform me that since I signed for Aston Martín I’m a brand new Pedro, that I not get moist and they’re actually proper. I’ll solely say one factor: with the nice Formulation 1 drivers, justice is at all times finished ultimately. And with Fernando justice is being finished. My dream is for him to retire as Formulation 1 champion as soon as once more. Why not?
Wouldn’t it be a disappointment if this season he doesn’t have fun victory 33?
Completely not. You need to put the lengthy ones. In Formulation 1 we at all times discuss in regards to the subsequent race, however the Aston Martin venture is 5 years away and we’re within the third. It could be a disappointment if we do not enhance this 12 months and the following. For the remainder, settle down and work.
At 41, Alonso is engaged on a venture for the long run. How does he do it?
He’s distinctive in that. It’s an instance worldwide. And never due to what he does now. Motivating your self at 41 with a quick automotive is comparatively simple. The troublesome half was sustaining competitiveness for 10 years with vehicles that generally could not even rating factors. What he did is admirable.
He appears actually excited.
It’s. He has been excited as a baby since he signed for Aston Martin, lengthy earlier than the rostrum end in Bahrain. Due to how the staff welcomed him, due to how motivated he sees the employees, due to the expertise there’s, due to the need to work… Now it’s regular for him to be excited, however he comes from afar.
In Netflix’s Drive to Survive, Alonso defines himself because the dangerous boy of the paddock, however in Bahrin I embraced him hamilton, Verstappen he was filled with reward… Has his function modified?
It is simply that dangerous boy fame is nonsense. Possibly it is as a result of he is demanding, possibly as a result of he has that profitable intuition. I do not know. Within the documentary he says it jokingly. In Bahrin everybody was comfortable, it is true, and I feel it was due to the respect he has earned. Hamilton, for instance, has great respect for him, and therefore the hug. That gesture moved me.

The heads of the groups, Pink Bull and Mercedes, reacted otherwise: they accused Aston Martin of copying their vehicles.
That could be a good signal: it implies that they’re starting to have a look at us. However past that we do not take these feedback severely. They’re absurd. The Mercedes and the Pink Bull are the 2 most completely different vehicles on the grid and we’re each alleged to be alike. You solely have to have a look at the vehicles to see that it’s not true.
With out falling into that simplification, how do you clarify Aston Martin’s unbelievable enchancment in comparison with final 12 months?
You need to discuss good planning and rather a lot, a whole lot of work. As I stated earlier than, this venture has not simply been born: it’s its third 12 months. Now the fruits are starting to reap, however there have been two years earlier than during which rather a lot has been invested in hiring proficient individuals and giving them the mandatory instruments. And there’s nonetheless a approach.
The brand new manufacturing facility at Silverstone, on account of open this spring, and the brand new wind tunnel, on account of be prepared subsequent 12 months.
That’s. It’s that in 1998, with Jordan, I labored in the identical services they usually have actually turn out to be out of date. Proper now there are departments which are working in momentary buildings, in a scenario of necessity. Lawrence Stroll [el dueo del equipo] says {that a} staff wants individuals, processes and instruments. Now we now have the individuals and the processes and when the brand new manufacturing facility and the brand new tunnel open we could have the instruments.
He had been out of Formulation 1 for a number of years. How did he find yourself on this venture? Inform the reality: I knew issues.
Nope (laughs). Many individuals assume I knew issues, they make jokes on social networks. However I did not know something till Vettel retired and Aston Martin went for Fernando. My story was a cluster of circumstances. Final 12 months my daughter went to do an internship at Aston Martin and once I went to the manufacturing facility, I met the bosses, ate with the Spanish engineers… I keep in mind one in all them informed me: ‘Let’s examine in the event you and Fernando signal for Aston Martin’. And I replied: ‘Unattainable, overlook it’. I had an excellent feeling there, I noticed a really highly effective group of individuals, and once they referred to as me Mike Krack [el jefe de equipo] I did not assume so.
Is it troublesome to re-engage on this touring life?
I’ve recovered my power, my need for Formulation 1. There was a day once I was uninterested in by no means being dwelling, during which I prioritized household life, however my daughters have grown up, it is completely different. I really feel like I can return to the schoolyard, which for me is Formulation 1.