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Pedro de la Rosa is hoping to be a third driver with a Formula One team this year, according to the latest Spanish reports.
It was suggested that when McLaren's executive chairman Ron Dennis travelled to sponsor Santander's Madrid offices last week, he met at the same time with the team's former long-time test driver de la Rosa.
The British team denied that report, but the EFE news agency insists that the Spanish driver, who turns 40 on Thursday, has not given up on signing with a F1 outfit for 2011.
The report said "this was acknowledged by the driver" at the Circuit de Catalunya last weekend, referring to de la Rosa's participation in the delegation for the Catalonian president.