Pedro de la Rosa on the brink of Hispania switch – reports

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Pedro de la Rosa is being lined up by Hispania Racing Team for next year after the Spaniard was dropped by Sauber earlier this season.

The Spanish team have struggled in their debut season in Formula 1, relying on pay-drivers to boost their finances and using four drivers to date in Bruno Senna, Karun Chandhok, Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien.

De la Rosa, one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, spent six years as tester at McLaren and is currently working for incoming tyre manufacturer Pirelli after replacing Nick Heidfeld who took his race seat at Sauber.

The Spaniard revealed last month that he had been in contact with the team over a drive, while Brazilian publication Terra report a member of the Spanish team as having said that “almost everything is done” to secure de la Rosa’s services.

A move to HRT will surely be the 39-year-old’s final outing in Formula 1 as his career comes to an end.

And with an agreement between both parties reportedly already reached, the announcement is understood to be a formality and could come as soon as this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It is currently unclear who will partner de la Rosa at the team, with another pay-driver expected to fill the role. Current driver Senna has been linked with a move to Lotus Racing to partner Heikki Kovalainen, while Karun Chandhok has also said he is in talks about a 2011 drive despite being dropped in favour of the better-backed Yamamoto since the German Grand Prix.

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