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Rain puts a damper on de la Rosa's final Pirelli test

ESPNF1 Staff
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Pedro de la Rosa completed one last test with Pirelli © Pirelli
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Pedro de la Rosa said it rained for most of his three days of testing with Pirelli in Turkey last weekend.

Pirelli was looking to get de la Rosa's opinion on its latest development tyres at the strenuous Istanbul Park circuit, in what will likely be his last test with the tyre firm now that he is contracted as a McLaren reserve driver. Pirelli was also eager for him to assess its updated Toyota chassis, which has been reworked to simulate 2011 levels of downforce, before starting its hunt for his replacement.

"They were not the conditions we wanted; it rained for two of the three days," de la Rosa told the EFE news agency. "It was important to try the tyres on turn eight, a corner more demanding than any other in the championship."

After the test he travelled from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur, where this weekend Red Bull is expected to dominate after an ominous performance in Australia.

"The cars that were good in the few fast corners in Australia will be even better in Malaysia," he acknowledged. "But who knows. My team [McLaren] has done a spectacular job in the past weeks."

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso spent his time between Melbourne and Malaysia on beautiful Hamilton Island, at a luxury $2,300 per night resort.