De la Rosa confirms F1 dream over for HRT 3 January, 2013 Jan.3 (GMM) Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa, HRT’s lead driver in 2012, has joined boss Luis Perez-Sala in admitting that the Spanish F1 team has folded. De la Rosa, who was contracted to keep racing this year, has already said that he is on the lookout for a new role elsewhere, as test or reserve driver. “There has been no official announcement,” the 41-year-old told the Spanish sports daily Marca, “but we all feel that the project will end. “The sad thing,” de la Rosa continued, “is that there was never a Spanish team before and now I think we will not see one again. “It was an historic occasion. With a great champion like Fernando [Alonso], it was a good time and an excellent backdrop for the national interest. “I think it will be very difficult to have these circumstances again,” he added. As for HRT’s demise, de la Rosa admitted: “If the project failed, we’re all a little responsible.” Subbed by AJN. Related NewsPirelli purchases 2011 HRT F1 carScorpion F1 team could rise from HRT ashesImpossible to keep HRT going reveals SalaUnpaid supplier claims HRT F1 team in liquidationQinghua in talks with Caterham and MarussiaCuquerella admits HRT’s F1 adventure definitely overHRT absent from 2013 F1 entry list released by FIAOut of work HRT mechanics in drunken brawl at factoryNo more Spanish team in F1 confirms De la RosaHRT: The best way to finish this long season McLarenfan Shame he has lost his drive Not Bernie Alonso should buy the team and drive for them beside De La Rosa. That way they’ll still be a Spanish team, and we’ll see how quick a driver Alonso really is. The Pessimist Pedro certainly has the speed and experience which can be utilised by teams like Marussia/Caterham. But will they employ him as their test/reserve driver is a million dollar question.