[Video] GP F1 Austria 2000: a lost opportunity for De la Rosa


Pedro Martínez de la Rosa. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The fortune winked an eye to Pedro Martinez de la Rosa in his debut in the Formula 1, in the Grand Prix of Australia, 1999. His Arrows was everything but competitive, but the numerous dropouts allowed him to finish sixth and thereby score a point on his debut, an accomplishment that by then, when only given points the first six classified, it was not as frequent as they are today.

Little more than a year later, the luck was not so favourable. The Arrows A21-Supertec was a car quite decent, especially effective on paths that are fast. But their reliability left something to desire, and until the Grand Prix of Austria, the tenth race of the year, piling up seven dropouts, with a point made at the Nürburgring as the only loot. In the A-1 Ring, Peter was ranked in the sixth row of the grid, but an incident in the first curve, which sowed chaos and eliminated Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), Giancarlo Fisichella (Benetton) and Jarno Trulli (Jordan), allowed him to be placed in fourth position.

That became third when, shortly to retire the safety car, ahead of the Sauber of Mika Salo. ahead, only the Mclarens of Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard. 44 years after Alfonso de Portago, the doors of the podium was opened to a spaniard. The main threat was Rubens Barrichello, delayed in the incident of the departure, and with his Ferrari touched.

could Not be. On lap 32, De la Rosa enfiló the pitlane, but the body language of the mechanical Arrows have a premonition that this was not a pitstop normal. In effect: a new mechanical failure had put an end to his career. The Catalan would have to wait for the podium, something that he finally got in the Grand Prix of Hungary of 2006.