De la Rosa confirms F1 dream over for HRT

3 January, 2013

Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula One Team. Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, 15 November 2012.Jan.3 (GMM) Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa, HRT’s lead driver in 2012, has joined boss Luis Perez-Sala in admitting that the Spanish F1 team has folded.

De la Rosa, who was contracted to keep racing this year, has already said that he is on the lookout for a new role elsewhere, as test or reserve driver.

“There has been no official announcement,” the 41-year-old told the Spanish sports daily Marca, “but we all feel that the project will end.

“The sad thing,” de la Rosa continued, “is that there was never a Spanish team before and now I think we will not see one again.

“It was an historic occasion. With a great champion like Fernando [Alonso], it was a good time and an excellent backdrop for the national interest.

“I think it will be very difficult to have these circumstances again,” he added.

As for HRT’s demise, de la Rosa admitted: “If the project failed, we’re all a little responsible.”

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  • McLarenfan

    Shame he has lost his drive

  • Not Bernie

    Alonso should buy the team and drive for them beside De La Rosa. That way they’ll still be a Spanish team, and we’ll see how quick a driver Alonso really is.

  • The Pessimist

    Pedro certainly has the speed and experience which can be utilised by teams like Marussia/Caterham. But will they employ him as their test/reserve driver is a million dollar question.

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