Adrian Sutil says he is hopeful of making a return to F1 sooner rather than later after finding himself without a drive for 2012.
The German was left without a drive with Force India after being replaced by test driver Nico Hulkenberg, with a link to Williams ultimately coming to nothing when they elected to sign Bruno Senna as partner to Pastor Maldonado.
Sutil now finds himself seeking other opportunities within F1, while also launching an appeal against his conviction for grievous bodily harm, and the 29-year-old said he was motivated to find himself a new role.
"The plan, very clearly, is Formula One," he was quoted by SpeedTV.com
. "This is a new situation for me, but I'm motivated. Maybe I am having to have a short break, but it could be over very quickly if any opportunities open up.
"I'm hopeful. It's always difficult to make plans in this business, but I would like to come back in 2013 with a very good team.
"It's a shame for me that I will probably not be there at the start in Melbourne, but hopefully one way or another I will be back in the course of the year."