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!”