The 39-year-old was dumped by Sauber in the latter stages of his comeback season with the Swiss squad – having amassed a single points’ finish all season – and joined Pirelli in what was effectively a straight swap with its (then) test driver, Nick Heidfeld.
But with no more testing to do, “The truth is I don’t know what will happen next,” he admitted to the RAC1 radio station.
“In January the contract with Pirelli ends and my priority is to find a seat in Formula One,” he added.
De la Rosa is one of a number of drivers linked with the sole remaining race seat at Hispania Racing – who are believed to be interested in his services – but it is believed he does not bring enough sponsorship backing to secure the drive.
“If I don’t race I would be happy to continue in F1 as a reserve driver,” he continued, but admitted that he is “not close to any teams, even McLaren”, with whom he spent several years as their test and reserve driver.
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