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AUGUST 7, 2006

Two more races for de la Rosa

McLaren is expected to announce shortly that Pedro de la Rosa will now race for the team in Turkey and at Monza following his impressive second place in Hungary.

The team has yet to decide what it is going to do next year when Kimi Raikkonen goes to Ferrari but it is hard to imagine that Pedro will stay alongside Fernando Alonso, creating an all-Spanish team. If one assumes that this is not going to happen the team needs to look elsewhere for a driver and must either pick an experienced runner or take a risk on one of its test drivers.

The obvious choice is Lewis Hamilton and he could begin testing immediately Italian Grand Prix and make his debut in China. This would be a risk but if the team wants to use him next year it makes sense to give him the chance to learn the three tracks in China, Japan and Brazil as he cannot test at them otherwise.