Jan.17 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Pedro de la Rosa will be Ferrari’s official reserve driver at grands prix this year.

Earlier, the Italian team announced that the 2012 HRT driver – 41-year-old Spaniard de la Rosa – will be a development driver this year, working especially in the Maranello simulator.

But according to Spain’s AS newspaper, team boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the former long-time McLaren test driver will also be Ferrari’s official reserve in 2013.

“I hope this (replacing Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa) doesn’t have to happen, but he could be a (race) driver in the event that it is necessary,” said the Italian.

“But mainly we want (him) to be focused on the development work,” added Domenicali.