“I want to see what we can do together and let's see what is the situation in the summer,” he was quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat
, "It depends on the car's performance. I can not give an exact percentage but if we continue to develop next season then [the chance of staying at Caterham] is high. Otherwise, it is small.”
With a greater number of young talents on the market this winter - add Toro Rosso refugees Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi to a handful of GP2 and World Series aspirants - the scramble for seats, as Brundle put it, is likely to be 'mad'. Alguersuari, however, has done his hope of being picked up no harm by the way in which he handled his somewhat surprising exit from STR.
"I'm sure ALG feels angry + disappointed, but he's smart to position it like that," Brundle tweeted, "Other teams will respect rather than avoid him. Very impressed by ALG mature words on news."
Although Brundle subsequently suggested that the Spaniard would be a good fit at HRT - pointing out the benefit Kovalainen has gained from dropping down to Team Lotus after disappointing campaigns at Renault and McLaren - it is thought unlikely that Alguersuari will partner Pedro de la Rosa next season, with new team boss Luis Perez Sala admitting to 'long conversations with other drivers'. Instead, Spanish newspaper AS
has suggested that Alguersuari may be a candidate for the reserve seat at Mercedes, positioning himself as a potential rival for Force India's Mercedes protégé Paul di Resta when Michael Schumacher re-retires.