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De la Rosa will be with Arrows for 2001

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa will stay at Arrows for the 2001 Formula One World Championship, his manager Raimon Duran confirmed on Friday.

The 29-year-old has yet to sign a new deal with the Leafield-based team but Duran said that De la Rosa learned he will be kept on by team principal Tom Walkinshaw earlier this summer.

"Pedro will be at Arrows next year," Duran said. "He will be staying next year but it is up to the team when they will officially announce it.

"Tom Walkinshaw told Pedro he would stay with the team in the summer and we stopped talking to other teams about a possible move from then on."

De la Rosa was linked with a move to Prost this week to partner Frenchman Jean Alesi but Duran categorically denied the rumors, although he did admit the Guyancourt-based outfit had been amongst the teams he had been in discussions with earlier this year.

"The Prost rumors are absolutely rubbish," he added. "We talked with Prost six months ago when we were going around the paddock but once we knew Pedro was staying with Arrows that was the end of the talks."

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