Pedro de la Rosa rules out another season of F1 testing
Pedro de la Rosa has revealed he does not want to return to a full-time Formula 1 test role next year after losing his race seat with Sauber last month.
The Spaniard returned to racing at the start of 2010 but was sacked with five races of the season remaining.
De la Rosa’s seat went to former Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld after the German agreed a release from his test role with incoming tyre manufacturer Pirelli.
In a strange twist of fate, de la Rosa, who spent seven years as a test and reserve driver for McLaren, will now help Pirelli with its test and development programme ahead of the manufacturer’s return to F1 next season. He will work alongside former Renault driver Romain Grosjean, but the 39-year-old says he has not given up on racing again in 2011.
“I hope to have a place in Formula 1 next year,” said de la Rosa. “If my racing career in Formula One is over, I regret that, but it’s not the end of the world.
“One thing is for certain: I will not do another season of testing. Even if I only get a place with a team at the back, I would rather that to being a test driver. Even racing in a bad car is better than testing.
“At the beginning of your career you settle for any car you can get. Then you’re more selective, and at the end of your career you’re happy with any offer. For me, there is simply nothing better than racing.”
De La Rosa had recently admitted he saw no indication that he would lose his drive.