Kimi Raikkonen may have been mentioned in connection with possible returns to Ferrari and McLaren before his performance locked him into another year with the Lotus team, but continues to insist that F1 is not the 'be all and end all' for him.
Amid rumours about where he may be in the paddock next season - despite having inked a two-year deal with the Enstone team - Raikkonen teased the media with suggestions that he might even have alternative outlets for his attention.
"You never know, there are a lot of nice things to do other than F1," the Finn, who famously took a two-year sabbatical from F1 to compete in the World Rally Championship, grinned, "Right now, we have options and we'll see what happens. I always said that I'm not desperate for F1 and when I feel like doing something else I will. Now I'm enjoying it, I'm in a good team with nice people to work with. We'll see what happens. There is a lot of different racing and doing just normal things in your life outside of F1. I will wait and see...."
Despite his apparent nonchalance, Raikkonen remains in contention for a second world title, having moved into third place in the championship standings with seven races remaining. Although he currently sits 38 points adrift of leader Fernando Alonso, and is the only contender without a win to his name in 2012, the Finn refuses to rule himself out.
"We'll keep trying to score more points every race and hopefully improve," he said on the eve of the Singapore Grand Prix, "If we end up winning, it will be great, but whoever has the most points at the end of the year deserves to win the championship. If that happens [to us], it's a good thing but, if it comes with a win or without, I don't care."
Having run strongly to a podium finish in Valencia, and continuing to hold the lap record in Singapore despite not having run there for two seasons, Raikkonen remains among those being tipped for success this weekend, even though he remains to be convinced.
"We'll try, [but] it's not going to be easy," he admitted after a disappointing weekend at Monza, "We have to see if we are in a better position than we have been in the last few races. It's a different place than Valencia, so we have to wait and see.
"I haven't been here with the team before, so we don't know [how we will perform]. I think, last year, they had a very difficult time, but then it's a completely different story now. We will know much more tomorrow. Usually, [the car has] been pretty okay at this kind of circuit, so hopefully that's the case but, like I said, the last two races haven't been easy for us."