Tuesday February 20th, 2001
Prost Grand Prix have issued a warning against Pedro de la Rosa and Jaguar Racing, warning them of legal action if de la Rosa will not respect his agreement with the French outfit to be the team's test driver in 2001.
Spaniard de la Rosa was fired by Arrows, which preferred to sign Enrique Bernoldi instead, just a month before the 2001 season begins in Australia.
Shortly after his dismissal, however, Prost GP signed de la Rosa to be its test driver in 2001. Not two weeks later, Jaguar announced they have snatched the talented driver to their services.
Following that, Prost Grand Prix issued the following statement today:
"We learn, with a strong disapproval, the finalisation of a test driver's agreement between Pedro de la Rosa and Jaguar Racing.
"We regret this signature, made in spite of our formal warnings to the different parties involved.
"We have an agreement giving us exclusive rights on test driver's services of Mr Pedro de la Rosa. This is public knowledge. Mr de la Rosa himself declared it on several occasions, and even began the execution of this agreement on the test track.
"We intend to exercise our rights against him, as well as against his representatives and agents and if necessary against our competitor. For us, it is mainly a question of having the interest of our team respected - both on principle and for professional ethics - and because of the prejudice suffered by our company which wrongly preferred, some weeks ago, Mr de la Rosa to other candidates."