Pedro de la Rosa insists there is no cause for concern over the safety of the HRT team ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
With the team having been placed up for sale by owners Thesan Capital, reports from Spain had questioned whether or not the team had enough spare parts to see it through this weekend's race in Austin, and the season finale in Brazil a week later.
Speaking to reporters in Texas however, de la Rosa said there was no questions about the safety of the HRT car and that the only issue was that it lacked speed.
“We might be modest, we are small and we are what we are – but we are a professional Formula One team and for sure, when we start running it's because the car is safe,” he said. “I would never jump into an unsafe car because of parts being too old. The car is slow but it's safe.”
De la Rosa's future in F1 has been called into question following the news that HRT has been placed up for sale, with the Spaniard having been expected to lead the team again in the 2013 season.
Quizzed on what the sale announcement means for his future, de la Rosa admitted that there wasn't much he could say and that his focus was simply on doing the best job possible on track.
“Unfortunately there's not much I can say really,” he said. “It's a corporate decision, which I'm not involved in. All I can say is, we are here, that there are two grands prix to go and no matter what's going on in the background, we will give it 100 per cent like we've always done. No matter in which position we fight and who we fight against we will do a professional job. We are here to do that and there are two very interesting grands prix left.
“Hopefully there's some more retirements than in the last few races, even more and we can achieve a good result. But first we have to finish the races and make sure that we do as much as we can on both Friday sessions that are left.”