Pedro de la Rosa has urged McLaren rookie Lewis Hamilton to take his time in getting up to speed in formula one.
The experienced Spaniard, who this week admitted that Hamilton’s huge shunt in the new MP4-22 had set the Woking based team back, will on Friday share a silver garage with the British youngster.
“Hamilton is a great talent,” de la Rosa, who turns 36 later this month, said at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
“He is lucky to be able to learn from a double world champion (Fernando Alonso). If a rookie tries to do everything in his first race it is going to be hard.
“Little by little, lesson by lesson, I am sure he will get there.”
22-year-old Hamilton has breathed fresh air into McLaren, but Alonso’s contribution is “confidence”, de la Rosa continued to tell the press.
“Being world champion means that everyone within the team can rely on him,” Pedro said.
“The team knows that if Fernando is not world champion again (in 2007) then it is not his fault.”