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De la Rosa eyeing return with HRT

ESPNF1 Staff
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Pedro de la Rosa wants to race in 2011 © Sutton Images

Pedro de la Rosa has revealed that he is in talks with HRT about a return to Formula One next year.

De la Rosa started the 2010 season with Sauber before being replaced by Nick Heidfeld from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards. He is currently a test driver for 2011 tyre supplier Pirelli and, under the right circumstances, is keen to return to racing with HRT.

"If their sporting project is interesting and ambitious, I'll be happy to be with them," the EFE news agency quoted him as saying. "So far there is no hurry."

However, HRT has not revealed its plans for next year after it broke its ties with 2010 chassis supplier Dallara, leaving the car without any aero upgrades this year. De la Rosa said he was in touch with the team's owners and that, with a little support, it could succeed in the future.

"I am in contact with the Carabantes," he said. "We talk a lot. For Spain it is very important to have a formula one team and what they have done so far has much merit. Now we [Spain] have a team but we are not getting the best value. They succeeded in just a few months to have a car on track at the start of the season and will have another car next year. But the project needs more support, not only from companies but also drivers like myself, and the fans. We have to get behind them."

De la Rosa was in talks with HRT - then Campos-Meta - at the start of the season before he secured a seat at Sauber. In the end HRT employed Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna to drive but have since chopped and changed between drivers, with Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien also making appearances.