De la Rosa hopes HRT seals Toyota deal

Pedro de la Rosa has reinforced his desire to return to the F1 grid next year with an improved Hispania team. After losing his Sauber drive but remaining in the fray with the Pirelli tyre testing role, the Spaniard has admitted he is now...

Pedro de la Rosa has reinforced his desire to return to the F1 grid next year with an improved Hispania team.

After losing his Sauber drive but remaining in the fray with the Pirelli tyre testing role, the Spaniard has admitted he is now watching with interest as HRT develops its "sporting" project ahead of the 2011 season.

"I would be thrilled," Spanish media reports quote him as saying, "but before I say anything else their sporting project needs to be clear.

"From there we can begin to move but there is no rush," added the 39-year-old.

De la Rosa said he is talking with HRT officials "every week" but acknowledges that the team's full "sports project" is not yet clear.

"Clearly after agreeing with Cosworth and Williams, if the agreement with Toyota also materialises then it will demonstrate they want to do things well and in a serious way," he added.

De la Rosa said his 'plan B' for 2011 is a test driving role.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa
Teams Sauber , Williams