Pedro de la Rosa looks set to miss out on the chance to return to the F1 grid in 2010 after Campos Meta team boss Adrian Campos revealed that his fellow Spaniard is lacking the funds needed to secure a drive.
Campos Meta has already inked a deal with Bruno Senna for its first foray into F1, with McLaren test driver de la Rosa having been widely tipped to provide an experienced head for the newcomers.
However, team boss Campos insisted that a lack of sponsors could work against de la Rosa with GP2 runners Pastor Maldonado and Vitaly Petrov both in the frame – and both with substantial backing to bring to the programme.
"I would like Pedro de la Rosa but he is Spanish and Spanish sponsors are in a bad way," Campos was quoted in the Spanish press. "There are other options from Russia and Venezuela but it all depends on the sponsor."
De la Rosa, who raced for Arrows and Jaguar earlier in his career, last contested an F1 race in 2006 when he was called into a race seat with McLaren following the departure of Juan Pablo Montoya.
The Spaniard secured five points finishes from eight races, including a career best second – his only F1 podium – in the Hungarian Grand Prix.