Former Marussia driver Max Chilton has revealed he has held talks with the Haas F1 team about a 2016 driver, but admits the odds are stacked against him.
Haas is talking to a shortlist of 10 drivers with the aim of confirming at least one driver for 2016 next month. Its close links to Maranello mean Ferrari test drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne are tipped as likely candidates, while Nico Hulkenberg has also been approached about a move away from Force India.
After two seasons in Formula One with Marussia, Chilton is now driving for Carlin in Indy Lights and took part at Le Mans with Nissan, but said he would still jump at the chance to transfer back to F1.
"I've definitely put my foot in the door and we've had a few chats," he told Sky Sports. "I think they came out a few weeks ago and said they were talking to 10 drivers so I am definitely one of those.
"I'd love the chance, but I have a strong feeling that it is going to be one young Ferrari driver, because it is hugely a Ferrari project - they have Ferrari engines and are using their wind tunnel - and then I hear they want an experienced driver."
Chilton admitted there were some drivers on the current grid that stand a better chance of securing the drive.
"I like to think I am experienced, but if they want a really experienced driver I think there are only a certain number of drivers on that grid. So I think it will be [Nico] Hulkenberg, I can't see Jenson [Button] going there, but I can't see many other experienced drivers that are free for next year. So I'd like to think I have a chance, but it is probably not going to happen."