Kamui Kobayashi has thrown his hat into the ring for a Mercedes drive after the world champions posted a job advert for Nico Rosberg's vacant seat.
Mercedes currently owns the most coveted seat in motorsport after Nico Rosberg's shock decision to retire as world champion. On Thursday, Mercedes took out a humorous advert in Autosport magazine outlining its expectations and asking for a driver with "a proven track record in skills including steering, braking and, in particular, acceleration".
The decision does not seem to be a straightforward one for Mercedes, with team boss Toto Wolff saying he is prepared to make a "brave" move when it comes to Rosberg's replacement. Though Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel would be most fans' favourite picks for the seat, another former favourite got involved on Thursday.
Former Sauber driver Kobayashi returned to the grid with Caterham in 2014 after a crowd-funding initiative gave him the money he needed to secure a seat. He might need similar good-will from fans to come anywhere close to landing at Mercedes next year, but posted his CV on Twitter for good measure on Thursday.
The Japanese driver's application made a light reference to Lewis Hamilton's refusal to obey a team order to speed up during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he attempted to back Rosberg into the chasing pack, saying he would have no problem following instructions from the pit wall...
Another man who put his name forward was fellow Japanese driver Taki Inoue, who has achieved cult status in F1 for his stints with Simtek and Footwork in 1994 and 1995. It was during the latter that he was involved in two different incidents, getting his car flipped while being towed back to the pits after a shunt at Monaco before being run over by a safety car after a retirement in Hungary. Neither resulted in serious injury.
Inoue's application was much more tongue-in-cheek and referenced his most infamous moments and lack of success in the sport: