Kevin Magnussen could make a move into F1 with Marussia next season after it was revealed that the Dane is 'in the frame' for a possible drive with the Anglo-Russian team next year.
Magnussen currently heads the Formula Renault 3.5 standings and will seek to wrap up the championship crown this weekend in Spain when the 2013 season draws to a close.
The 21-year-old impressed with during the Young Driver Test earlier this year after spending time on track with McLaren, with team boss Martin Whitmarsh keen to see the youngster – part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme – make the move up into a race seat next year.
With a role at McLaren themselves highly unlikely, one option would be for Magnussen to be placed elsewhere next year, with Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon admitting his team could be in the frame.
"Like any team that hasn't confirmed drivers, there are a number of possibilities," he told the Press Association
. "Certainly Kevin has impressed in the tests he has done, and as a team that has brought young drivers into Formula One, he is in the frame.
"But there are probably three or four drivers with good potential looking to get into Formula One, and we're talking to a number of them, along with other teams."
Current Marussia man Max Chilton has already said he feels he deserves a second season
with the team in 2014 and Lowdon insisted that the Briton was still very much in the frame for the current vacancy.
Jules Bianchi has already been retained for 2014.
"Max is definitely an option because on the driving side he is doing a really good job," Lowdon continued. "There has been real progress in a number of areas, and he has formed part of a tightly-knit team.
"We're really quite keen to see continuity for next year because of the big technical change. If we decide to retain the current line-up it would be the first time we go into a new season with two drivers with some experience, so there's something to be said for that.
"At the moment there is no particular rush. We're just going through all the normal discussions we go through."