Daniel la Rosa

Daniel la Rosa (born 4 October 1985 in Hanau ) is a German racing driver and TV pundit. From 2006-2007 he was active in the DTM.

Because of his last name many lay people suspect a relationship whatsoever to the well-known Spanish Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa - Daniel la Rosa, however, is a native of Hesse and in no way related to him.

After three years in the Junior Karting series (1997-1999), which he completed with the ninth, he moved to the German championship in the 125 cc kart He reached at least the fourth place in the championship. At the World Championships in the same class, he obtained a moderate success with the ninth.

Then in 2001 he moved to the single-seater class of the Formula König, where he was able to celebrate third place in the championship series with a victory and was considered the best rookie of the season.

The following year he moved to the Formula Volkswagen, where he even was allowed to achieve a victory, but the overall classification graduated only in eighth place. 2003/2004 Daniel la Rosa was found in the Formula 3 Euro series and subsequently in the Renault World Series, however, where his career threatened to silt up in the back field.

Due to his previous successes brought him in 2006 the private team Mücke Motorsport in the DTM. He drives an AMG -Mercedes C-Class in 2005. At the first race at Hockenheim, he was able to with a good tenth starting position to demonstrate its potential, but was passed as a result of the start chaos and other events up to the 15th place. Shortly before the end of the race lying in 8th place, he fell out because of a defect in the fuel pump. In 2006, he exhibited with fast laps and constancy, that he is one of the good young guns. 7th place in Barcelona was his best result of 2006. 2007, he started in a 2006-spec Mercedes DTM in his second DTM season.

At the opening of the 2007 DTM on April 22, he reached due to the retrospective time penalty against Bruno Spengler behind Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk an excellent third place and thus his first podium finish. In total he scored during this season 10 championship points and finished second in the Championship 13th place. His expiring at Mercedes contract was not extended to the end of the season, as the parties could not agree on common terms.

Since 2009 la Rosa has worked as a TV pundit at the n-tv live broadcasts of Formula 3 Euro Series.