HIGH HOPES? Former Manor Marussia driver Max Chilton is holding thumbs he gets the Haas F1 seat in 2016. Image: Twitter.
Max Chilton has counted himself among the drivers shortlisted to race for the new US outfit Haas in 2016.
However, the former Marussia driver has also admitted it's "probably not going to happen".
Chilton, 24, raced for Marussia in 2013 and 2014 but in 2015 had to settle for a seat in the Indycar feeder series Indy Lights.
HAAS TO ENTER F1
He told Sky that he is open to a return to Manor in 2016 and has also had "a few chats" with bosses of the new Haas outfit.
Chilton said: "I think they (Haas) came out and said they're talking to ten drivers, so I'm definitely one of those.
"I'd love the chance but I have a strong feeling it's going to be one (Ferrari) academy driver, as it's hugely a Ferrari project. And then I hear they want an experienced driver.
"I'd like to think I'm experienced but if they want a really experienced driver, there's only a certain number of drivers on the grid they can ask so I think it could be (Nico) Hulkenberg.
"I can't see Jenson (Button) going there, but I also can't see many other experienced drivers who are free."
Also on the Haas shortlist is Ferrari tester Jean-Eric Vergne, but the former Toro Rosso driver said he also has other options to get back into F1 in 2016.
Vergne told the French magazine Auto Hebdo: "I have some cards in my hand for F1 and it's not only Haas. We'll see what happens over the coming months."