No more Spanish team in F1 confirms De la Rosa

HRT Formula One Team team photograph. (L to R): Dani Clos (ESP) HRT Formula One Team HRT F112 Third Driver; Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula One Team; Luis Perez-Sala (ESP) HRT Formula One Team, Team Prinicpal; Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula One Team; Ma Qing Hua (CHN) HRT Formula One Team HRT F112 Development Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday 28 July 2012.Nov.27 (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa has admitted that he left Brazil after Sunday’s 2012 finale with a real sadness, knowing that HRT’s owner Thesan Capital is no longer prepared to fund the Spanish backmarkers, making it likely that Interlagos was the last race in the team’s three-year history.

“We have finished the season with so much uncertainty about what will happen now,” lead driver de la Rosa told Antena 3 television.

“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,” he said.

At the very least, de la Rosa acknowledged that Formula One will no longer have a Spanish team.

“Whatever happens, for many reasons, the team will not be Spanish and that’s the biggest sadness I have,” he said.

“We will probably never see a Spanish team in F1 again.”

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  • stenu

    Two less moving chicanes next year. Maybe they should apply to GP2.

  • John

    Given how slow they started the season where they ended up was quite impressive. Still last, but the gap had come down. Any front team would love half the improvement they showed!

  • fapper

    wohoo! at least a moving chicane has now been eliminated.

    @stenu: GP3 perhaps? LOL!