Romain Grosjean has suggested that a drive for Ferrari could be possible in the future.
The Frenchman has had a season to forget with the Lotus F1 team and is certainly open to alternative options for the 2015 season.
In an interview with Europe 1 radio, the 28-year-old said: "Any F1 driver wants to drive a Ferrari."
In response to being questioned as to if he had spoken with them, he replied: "Yeah, as with all. The paddock is a small world."
With regard to next season he admitted his uncertainty at continuing with Lotus after their disappointing year.
He said: "It is not yet settled (for 2015). On the market there are also other options."
But Grosjean did ensure fans that he will be staying in F1, saying: "Yeah, that's for sure."
"Any F1 driver wants to drive a Ferrari." - Romain Grosjean
There are many potential suitors who would be interested in the package which Romain Grosjean has to offer. This season, where he currently sits 14th in the drivers standings after just two point-scoring race weekends, is not at all representative of the talent Grosjean holds.
The financial restrictions surrounding Lotus have left him with an extraordinarily poor car, particularly when you compare it to their competitiveness from 2013. But Grosjean has not moaned and has quietly set about trying to force himself into the points.
Of course that is where he is desperate to return to, as a driver who finished with six podium results last year. That is why he is able to attract interest from teams placed higher up the grid, he has proved before that with the right car, he can perform.
A bridge too far
Ferrari may be a bridge too far for next year, with Kimi Raikkonen seeming set to continue and Sebastian Vettel all but confirmed as their new main man. But longer term, he could be the man to partner Vettel- maybe a potential move for 2016.
It would again be a surprise, but you can't rule out a drive with McLaren for 2015 for Grosjean. They are still yet to announce their driver line-up and have delayed it for some time. It seems clear that Fernando Alonso is their main target, but now his Ferrari exit has been confirmed there is little to stop them closing a deal.
Unless there was an issue with the Spaniard's and then subsequently Grosjean could be approached. More likely though would be a drive with the ever-improving Force India team. Their current drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, have had strong seasons, helping them take the fight to McLaren in the constructors' championship.
But financial implications as ever will dictate matters in Formula One and while Lotus will be looking for more well supported drivers, such as Perez, to help take them forward, it could leave a vacancy via swap for Grosjean to move in his place.
Having said this, Lotus' switch from the Renault engine to the Mercedes power unit for next year could convince him to give it one more year. It is the strongest engine on the grid and could open up the team to a more competitive future.
Whichever decision he does come to, it is a very important one as he is too good not to be battling at least for points, if not podiums. And if he can prove quick and consistent again then Ferrari would not be out of the question.