The 2007 season remains one of the most interesting and balanced in F1 history, with three drivers coming into contention for the title in the final race of the year and who closed out the championship by just one point. It was Kimi Raikkonen who celebrated at the wheel of a Ferrari and became world champion using it to the fullest. a fratricidal duel exploded in the middle McLaren Fernando Alonso and then a rookie Lewis Hamilton. In a year also marked by a controversial spy story, the Woking team allowed the youngsters of England and the two-time champion of Spain to fight freely, giving us a championship that seemed already won but gave the fans an unforgettable challenge.
A lucky spectator of that ‘derby’ he was Pedro de la Rosa, who is now the Aston Martin brand ambassador and the third driver at McLaren at the time. In Catalan, as written by the Spanish website AS, has revealed special and little-known events to the general public about that particular harvest. One of these is the test that the British team did at the Bahrain circuit and in which De la Rosa himself participated, in fact together with two owners. “One of the best experiences of my F1 career was taking part two or three days of testing in Bahrain with Fernando and Lewis – said the 51-year-old player from Barcelona – it was a test where we had two cars and I rode with Fernando in the morning and Lewis in the afternoon“.
The ‘challenge’ experienced by the two champions remained in the heart of De la Rosa:I had the opportunity to tackle one in the morning and one in the afternoon: it was amazing to see their telemetry, do a long run. And that was one of my favorite circuits, so much so that I still hold the track record in Bahrain. I knew they were special and I wasn’t wrong. Not all drivers who make it to F1 are special, it’s hard to recognize them. Everyone has won something, in F2 or F3, but then you see the truth when you compete against these creatures“, concluded the Spaniard.