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De la Rosa: Lotus Renault contacted me

Pedro de la Rosa still hankering after F1 – and says he 'expects' to be in the sport for another three years.

Pedro de la Rosa has revealed that he was approached by Lotus Renault GP and that he had discussions about replacing the injured Robert Kubica.

Although it is not known how serious those talks were, the Spaniard is adamant he still has what it takes to compete at the top level, even if he was dropped by Sauber last season following the Italian GP and replaced by Nick Heidfeld, who ironically also got the Lotus Renault GP gig.

“What I said recently to Renault when they called me was: I have experience, I am fast and I will not need 200 laps to know what to change in a car to make it competitive,” de le Rosa told his personal website.

Meanwhile, while his future looks uncertain, de la Rosa continues to maintain that his focus remains on F1, even if there is only one race seat left, with HRT.

“[At the moment] my expectations as a driver are to stay in F1 for another three years. That would be a success for me,” he continued. “Then I'd like to dedicate myself to other categories. For example, I would like to run at Le Mans with good equipment.

"But whatever happens it will depend how I am physically. At the moment I am very strong. Probably better than when I was 20-years-old. But I suppose the day will come when that will change. When that day arrives, it will be the moment for me to hang up my helmet. However that hasn't happened yet.”

de la Rosa made his F1 debut back in 1999 with Arrows, before switching to Jaguar in 2001 and then becoming a McLaren test/reserve driver from 2003-2009, before his abridged comeback last year with Sauber.

“I've made two big errors in F1,” he continued. “First, was being a tester with Jordan in 1998 and not getting much mileage. The second was Jaguar. In the first instant, I should have tried to convince Repsol to back me as a racer with a modest team. The second was Jaguar, a team with a great budget, but lacking the most important infrastructure.

"When I arrived at Jaguar this was the only team in F1 without a wind tunnel. That left me perplexed. Even Minardi had one! I joined Jaguar thinking the equipment was far better than it was.

"In short, I was in the wrong equipment at the wrong time. I got into the wrong car and I am still trying to find the right one!”

Related Pictures

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Pedro de la Rosa. Pirelli test. Abu Dhabi [Pic credit: Pirelli]
Friday Practice 1, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
Friday Practice 1, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
Friday Practice 1, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
Thursday, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
18.02.2011- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP), Test Driver Pirelli

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ads - Unregistered

March 04, 2011 4:51 PM

you may have experience, but its experience in being very average!! time to move on and realise you aint good enough to get a drive worth having and maybe you can achieve something in a lower formulae

Martyn - Unregistered

March 04, 2011 9:23 PM

I can't fully agree with the slagging of De La Rosa here... think about it, this whole "article" started out nothing more as " Yeah, they called me too" But you can easily read betwen the lines reading that whoever the interviewer was kept pressurung him into giving "reasons" why he hasn't come out on top. I admit, De La Rosa is not the greatest driver of all time, far from it, yet his name is not one u associate with being too slow for F1. (think Inoue or Rosset) IMO, he go into F1 a decade or so too late. In the early nineties he would have been in high demand, a time when good, reliable drivers were a commodity and could achive results and contribute to a team effort. (think, Patrese, Johansson, Moreno, Boutsen) In those days a good second driver is what would get you the championship for both driver (by stealing points from competition) and constructor. Nowadays, teams really focus on having that ONE faster driver. From a "TEAM' point of view, not that great.

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