Pedro de la Rosa has admitted he is saddened by the apparently inevitable demise of the HRT team.
The Spanish team has been placed up for sale by owners Thesan Capital, with reports that the workforce has been told it is no longer required and that the team's base has already been stripped down pending a sale.
Whether a buyer will be found or not is currently unclear, but with many feeling that the Brazilian Grand Prix could have been the final race for the team, de la Rosa – who had signed a multi-year deal to race for HRT – said it was a sad moment for all involved.
"We have finished the season with so much uncertainty about what will happen now," he was quoted as telling the Antena 3
television station. "Are we going to continue, are we changing the name ... it makes me feel bad because when I talk to the mechanics I don't know if it is the last time we work together. We started the project thinking it would be long term.
"Whatever happens, for many reasons, the team will not be Spanish and that's the biggest sadness I have. We will probably never see a Spanish team in Formula One again."