McLaren announced on Friday that British rookie and newly crowned GP2 champion Lewis Hamilton will be Fernando Alonso’s teammate in 2007.
A statement issued by the Woking based team also confirmed that Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett are to be retained as test drivers.
Spaniard de la Rosa, 35, occupied the second McLaren seat for much of 2006 and said: “The fact that Lewis will be in the car comes as no surprise.
“Obviously I would have preferred to race myself but also understand why the team has decided to put Lewis in the car. I wish him all the best and look forward to continue working with him.”