Pedro de la Rosa has cast doubt on his future with the Sauber team by revealing he is available to teams looking to firm up their 2011 driver line-ups.
The Spaniard endured another trying weekend in Canada as he was taken off at the start by Renault's Vitaly Petrov and then retired with an engine failure.
It marked de la Rosa's sixth failure to finish in eight races this season and means he is still the only driver aside from those racing for the three new teams still to score a point.
Despite his troubles, de la Rosa insisted that he is still enjoying being back in F1 in a race seat although he admitted that he doesn't know what will happen beyond the end of the year.
“I am enjoying it even though we have had a difficult start to the year,” he told BBC
. “I believe we can recover it and no matter how bad it's been, it's better than testing.
"I feel young and for the future, if anyone wants me, I am available. I am usable, even if I have to go back testing or as a reserve driver, because I have had another year in Formula One racing. It will extend my career, simple as that."
De la Rosa also added that Sauber has to work 'in many areas' to improve its lacklustre showing so far this season, although a lack of running outside race weekends is making things tough.
"Our biggest handicap is a lack of testing as we have reliability issues as you can see,” he said. “It is difficult to develop the car and solve those issues without testing. We need a simulator to be honest and we don't have one. We had one at McLaren and they trusted what it showed and put in on the race car.”