Potential Giancarlo Fisichella replacement Vitantonio Liuzzi admits that waiting to hear Ferrari's decision on hiring the Italian veteran cannot come to soon as he seeks a way back into the Formula One limelight.
Should the Scuderia opt to replace the lacklustre Luca Badoer with fellow veteran Fisichella for the Italian Grand Prix and beyond, Liuzzi knows that he is likely to get the call to partner Adrian Sutil at Force India, having patiently filled the test and reserve role for Vijay Mallya's team for nearly two years. Prior to that, the former world karting and F3000 champion had a once promising career cut short by time spent at a struggling Scuderia Toro Rosso, and he admits that not being able to compete is becoming massively frustrating.
"For sure, regarding the rumours, I hope they are right," Liuzzi told online publication GPWeek
, "I need to drive as soon as possible because I am dying without racing."
Ironically, the Italian has also been cast as a potential rival to Fisichella in the race to partner Belgian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen at Monza, and admits that he would be just as happy to race for Ferrari as Force India, even if it offered him a short-term return to the top flight.
"Ferrari is a dream that everybody has, and I think Ferrari needs to score points before the end of the season, so I think they will look at this race and decide what to do," he reasoned, "I am sure they will do the right decision for the team and for Italy.
"I will be prepared anyway to race, because I am as fit as ever and ready to be in the car. Whatever happens, I will be ready."
Morale in the Force India camp was raised by Sunday's second place at Spa and, with similar performance expected at Monza, Liuzzi could be in with a good chance of making a high-profile return whichever camp he finds himself in.
"There is a lot of noise around about this," he said of the various rumours, "but, at the moment, we're just enjoying today's race result, because it has been the result of a lot of hard work over the year.
"We made a big step forward from Valencia, [where] we didn't make the most of qualifying and weren't as fast as we thought we'd be. Here has been a good compromise of aerodynamics, mechanical set-up and tyres, and that's why we reached the podium.
"For sure, we cannot expect to be on the podium again in Monza, but I think we can fight for points and that's the most important thing."
Liuzzi has already revealed that he has had offers to return to racing full-time next season, but may be waiting to discover his future role at Force India, as GPWeek
also claims that any Fisichella move to Maranello would likely see the veteran wind up as Badoer's replacement as test and reserve driver for the Scuderia from 2010.