Pedro de la Rosa will be Ferrari’s official reserve driver at grands prix this year.
Earlier, the Italian team announced that the 2012 HRT driver – 41-year-old Spaniard de la Rosa – will be a development driver this year, working especially in the Maranello simulator.
But according to Spain’s AS newspaper, team boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the former long-time McLaren test driver will also be Ferrari’s official reserve in 2013.
‘I hope this (replacing Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa) doesn’t have to happen, but he could be a (race) driver in the event that it is necessary,’ said the Italian.
‘But mainly we want (him) to be focused on the development work,’ added Domenicali.