De la Rosa Arrows seat is safe

Pedro de la Rosa is set to be confirmed shortly as one of next year's drivers for the Arrows Formula 1 outfit, quashing rumours that Minardi's Gaston Mazzacane may take the Spaniard's place in the team

De la Rosa Arrows seat is safe

South American cable TV network PSN pulled out of a deal to buy a majority share in the Minardi team last week, but while the company has severed its links with the Italian team, PSN will likely continue to back Argentine Mazzacane.

Reports that PSN would replace Spanish oil company Repsol as sponsors of the Arrows team - allowing Mazzacane to take Spaniard de la Rosa's seat - appear wide of the mark.

"Repsol are quite happy where they are," said a source close to the de la Rosa camp. "They are just sorting out a few minor details to complete the deal for next year."

De la Rosa has impressed this year, scoring two solid sixth places and out-qualifying Arrows team mate Jos Verstappen in 12 out of 17 races.

Mazzacane's best chances of staying in F1 appear to lie either with a testing role at Arrows - the Leafield-based team has yet to announce a replacement for this year's test driver Mark Weber - a race seat with Prost GP, should favourite Pedro Diniz leave the picture, or remaining with Minardi.

Adding to the jigsaw, the Minardi team has Formula 3000 ace Fernando Alonso under contract, but he is linked to a test berth with Ferrari, as well as the Prost race seat.

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