• Brazilian Grand Prix

De la Rosa focusing on job amid HRT uncertainty

ESPN Staff
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HRT is currently up for sale © Sutton Images

Pedro de la Rosa says he is trying to block out speculation about the uncertain future of HRT at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix and will wait to see what happens with the team from Monday onwards.

HRT was put up for sale by its current owners earlier this month with a statement saying they "are currently in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team". However, there had been no solid news since then with reports that the team will be dissolved by December 2 if it cannot find a new owner.

"I have very neutral emotions at the moment," de la Rosa said when asked by ESPN about his feelings for the future. "I have to keep my head down and get the job done. People might think that it's easy further down the grid but I think it's a lot more difficult to handle this situation and forget about the rest. Monday will be another day and we will see what happens with the team next week or in a couple of weeks or whenever, but I try not to think about it."

He added that HRT could be proud of what it had achieved on a limited budget this year.

"I think we've done pretty well despite the limitations," de la Rosa added. "We started in Australia not qualifying and we should never forget that that is where we were coming from. We've had a new team, mechanics and engineers and slowly we have gradually improved the car, peaking around Monaco and Valencia when we were within 103.4% and 103.6% of the fastest time in Q1. I think that is pretty impressive for a team like us with 83 people, no KERS and very few hours of windtunnel a year. I think this is pretty outstanding."