De la Rosa happy with Arrows challenger

F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa believes this year's Arrows' grand prix car is going to make an impact during the 2000 season.

De la Rosa happy with Arrows challenger

The Spaniard, who is staying on at the team in 2000, told visitors to AUTOSPORT International, that he is happy with his new racecar.

'I think Arrows is going to surprise some people,' he said. 'I've been looking at the development of the new car and it is all new - everything is different.

'The Supertec engine is much better than anything we've had before.

'We've done hours and hours of wind tunnel testing. We have good new people on the technical side. I think the whole package is stronger.

'We must be careful because everyone always says that their new car will be better, but I think Arrows will make a bigger step than other teams.'

De la Rosa added that the team's target is to beat fellow Supertec user Benetton this season.

The Spanish driver also insisted he does not know who will partner him in 2000.

Ex-F1 racer Jos Verstappen and Formula Nippon driver Tom Coronel are both in the running for the drive.

'I don't know Jos,' admitted de la Rosa, 'I only know he has a lot of F1 experience.

'I know Tom Coronel because we are friends, and we used to race together in Japan.

'It would be good to have him as a team-mate. It's not my decision.

'I just want a team-mate who gives good feedback and can help me develop the Arrows in a very important year.'

To listen to the full interview with de la Rosa, tune into Radio AUTOSPORT on www.internetradioservices.co.uk

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