For the 2012 campaign he would be joined by Indian driver, who was starting his second season with the team.
For the rest of the season, De la Rosa was unable to gain access to the race car being forced to conduct his development of the car with the use of the team's simulator.
In November 2011, De la Rosa signed on with the team in a two year contract that would last until the end of the 2013 Formula One Season.
Both drivers brought significant backing towards the team but Team Principal was looking for a more experienced driver for 2000 after a relatively inexperienced lineup that had been in place for 1999.
Repsol would help commit for De la Rosa to make his way into Formula One for 1998.
Whilst Räikkönen proved quicker in the race, De la Rosa managed to put in a strong drive to finish the race in fifth place, equaling his best ever result and finishing only two places behind his teammate.