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Hispania linked with de la Rosa

Hispania targets Pedro de la Rosa for the 2011 F1 season - if he can find the money to fund a drive
Pedro de la Rosa could find a way back onto the F1 grid with Hispania Racing next season, although the Spaniard will need to bring between €8-10 million if he wishes to secure a drive.

De la Rosa was reported to be in a strong position to earn a position with the team after the announcement that Juan Villalonga was to invest in the backmarkers but Hispania's plans for 2011 have been thrown into disarray after a proposed deal with Toyota to use its TF110 fell through [See separate story HERE].

That leaves the team facing a struggle once again to prepare for the new season and needing to find drivers who are able to bring budget to the programme – which could hit de la Rosa's hopes.

"Pedro wants to come, but it depends very much on the support,” team boss Jose Ramon Carabante told Cadena Ser Radio. “Without money, there is no place for him. We can't allow ourselves a luxury like that.

"He needs to contribute about eight or ten million. We have spoken with companies to try to attract sponsors, and we would like to have two Spanish drivers for our identity and someone like Pedro who can give us some direction for 2012."

Carabante also confirmed that Hispania is currently facing a crucial week of negotiations to decide on the future of the team, with the team facing the prospect of only having half of the budget it needs to be become a top-ten contender.

"A budget needs to be above 120 or 130 million euros,” he said. “With that we will achieve a leap into the top ten. This year we had 45 (million) and next year it will be 55 and we would like 65 at least. Ferrari for example is in 400 million each season."

Although Carabante insists he would like Spanish drivers in the team, Davide Valsecchi is believe to feature highly on team boss Colin Kolles' wanted list after a solid performance during the Young Driver test in Abu Dhabi, where he was quickest of the three drivers to sample Hispania's car.

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