De la Rosa aiming for reserve driver role
3 January 2013 – Pedro de la Rosa has set his sights on securing a test or reserve driver role for the 2013 Formula 1 season, having been left on the sidelines after HRT's exit from the sport. The Spaniard, who described the experiences of his sole season at the outfit as 'beautiful and very special', is hopeful of joining a front-running team.
"I will try to become a test or reserve driver in a good team," de la Rosa told Spanish newspaper Diario AS. "With the teams that remain it is like an auction and the one who brings the most money will get it, but we do not have sponsors to do that."
De la Rosa went on to talk about his previous ties with McLaren, having tested and raced for the Woking-based outfit between 2003 and 2009. Although admitting to frequent conversations with team boss Martin Whitmarsh throughout the 2012 campaign, the 41-year-old insists that negotiations over a potential reserve driver position have not yet taken place.
"We were talking all year (2012) about many things, but in no real depth, so I do not know if they want me or not. To this day I have not taken steps to find a seat yet and I am in no hurry. First I want to sort the ideas, finalise my objectives and then go for it."
Since breaking into the sport as a test driver for Jordan back in 1998, de la Rosa has been a team member at Arrows, Prost, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT.