Adrian Sutil appears to have thrown his name into the hat if Sergio Perez were to be poached away from Sauber by revealing he would welcome the chance to make his F1 return with the Swiss team.
Perez has been linked with a switch to Ferrari as replacement for Felipe Massa in recent weeks, with his podium finish behind Fernando Alonso at Sepang only increasing talk that the Mexican could be given the chance to jon the team next season.
That would free up a space in the Sauber line-up for 2013 and with Sutil looking at options to get back onto the grid after he lost his drive with Force India, the German said Peter Sauber's team would be an attractive option.
"I want to go back — hopefully very soon," he told Bayerisches Fernsehen
. "You have to look around at where the opportunities are.
"I've always thought very, very well of Sauber, and this year they are doing a great job. They are one of the strongest private teams. Definitely that would be a nice place.
"I'm keeping in top shape and I'm very motivated. I had wonderful years with Force India, but now I'm really looking forward to a new challenge. I'm really ready — at any time.”
Sutil added that, with Lotus' Eric Lux having now forgiven him for an altercation in Shanghai last year that resulted in him being handed a criminal conviction, he was keen to get back into the news for the right reasons.
“That it would go on for this long, I never would have expected,” he said. "I'm glad it's over but most of the damage is already done.
"[However] in sport, people forget very quickly — especially in Formula One, where you're only ever as good as your last race."