Formula One: Pedro De La Rosa Shows Desperation For 2011 Drive

Alistair HunterContributor IOctober 29, 2010

Pedro de la Rosa is currently searching for a team, and he has been in contact with Hispania.
Pedro de la Rosa is currently searching for a team, and he has been in contact with Hispania.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Pedro de la Rosa, who drove in the first seven races of 2010 for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, has been linked to a seat at Hispania Racing for the 2011 season.

The Spaniard is in touch with the team owners at the Hispania team, who entered Formula One in 2010 and are locked in a battle for eleventh place in the constructors championship with Virgin Racing.

A brief glance at de la Rosa's career statistics at the top level of motorsport looks impressive; seven years of competing in Formula One, including two seasons at McLaren, are definitely things that stand out on your CV.

This falls apart when you look at his record in depth.

In those seven years, he has scored 35 points—which is a grand total of five points per season. In his first season with Arrows in 1999, he did score the only point for the team.

This was followed by two points next season. However, he was outscored by his teammate Jos Verstappen, who scored five points, leaving the team in seventh position in the constructors championship.

In 2001, he replaces Luciano Burti after four races, where he scored three points. The team finished the season with nine points after teammate Eddie Irvine twice finished inside the top five.

Pedro de la Rosa's gradual improvement stopped after he finished the 2002 season with no points. However, the pain of finishing 21st in the drivers championship must have disappeared as he gained a role as test driver at McLaren.

As test driver, his appearances were virtually non-existent, with a large gap between the 2002 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix, where he finished fifth and set the fastest lap. This was his only competitive appearance that season.

2006 saw him replace Juan Pablo Montoya during the late stages of the season, where he scored 19 points in the final eight races. After this, his only appearances were waving at the television cameras while helping in the McLaren garage.

This season, he joined Sauber, and scored six points after reaching the top 10 once. Replaced by former Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld, de la Rosa linked up with the vacant job as test driver for Pirelli.

Now, he's willing to join Hispania. And for all the people who haven't been following Formula One this season, Hispania happen to be the worst team on the grid, despite what the standings say.

Hispania have no points, and a woefully uncompetitive car. The drivers and their cars are basically just giant advertising boards for whatever company is brave enough to see piles of cash disappear.

It seems their only purpose has been to prove to everyone out there that throwing together a car for large amounts of money doesn't guarantee success.

Hopefully, as they will lose their new team status next year, they will prove to be more competitive. Hopefully.

Admittedly, de la Rosa probably couldn't do any worse than the current crop of Hispania drivers, with Bruno Senna looking average at best and Sakon Yamamoto looking awful.

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The only good drivers have been Chandhok and Klien, but I guess they just dont bring in enough money to start races.

I personally loved it when Klien out-qualified Senna after the Brazillian boasted on Twitter that he was much quicker than his Austrian teammate in practice for the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

His experience may be easily doubted, and there are probably several better drivers out there, but if you give him a car I suspect he could easily beat the other drivers employed by the Spanish team.

De la Rosa has recently stated that racing is much better than testing, so it seems that maybe it is a match made in heaven after all. If he has the money.