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De la Rosa could return to McLaren test role

ESPNF1 Staff
December 7, 2010 « Ferrari confirms Badoer exit | »
Pedro de la Rosa is still hoping for a race drive © Sutton Images
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Pedro de la Rosa admits that he could be forced to once again step into the role of test driver at McLaren but that he has not yet given up hopes of a race seat in 2011.

The veteran Spanish driver lost his place at Sauber to rookie GP2 star Sergio Perez for next season and although he has been linked to HRT he acknowledged that most of the remaining vacancies on the grid are 'reserved for drivers that come with a sponsor'.

"If in the end I have to be a reserve or a tester, I will, but first I will try everything," said de la Rosa. "I am trying hard to be racing, but if it doesn't happen it is not the end of the world.

"I am calm because I know what I'll do if I don't find a team to race with."

De la Rosa is currently Pirelli's official test driver but his contract ends on December 31 with Romain Grosjean set to drive the 2009 Toyota during next week's tyre test in Bahrain .