Former F1 driver Max Chilton says he has held talks with the incoming Haas F1 team about a possible drive in 2016, but admits he isn't optimistic about securing one of the two available seats.

The former Marussia driver, who started 35 F1 races over the course of two seasons, has been largely without a drive for 2015 after his original deal with Nissan to race its LMP1 car was stymied by it being forced to pull out of several events because of its lack of competitiveness.

As such, Chilton is already looking towards 2016 for options and says he has been in touch with Haas, saying he is one of the '10' drivers the team said it was considering for its inaugural season.

Even so, Chilton remains philosophical about the prospect of landing a drive, saying all suggestions point towards a Ferrari-linked driver - namely Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne - landing one seat and an experienced racer, potentially Nico Hulkenberg or even Jenson Button in the other.

"I've definitely put my foot in the door and we've had a few chats," he told Sky Sports. "I think they came out a few weeks ago and said they were talking to 10 drivers so I am definitely one of those.

"I'd love the chance, but I have a strong feeling that it is going to be one young Ferrari driver, because it is hugely a Ferrari project - they have Ferrari engines and are using their wind tunnel - and then I hear they want an experienced driver.

"I like to think I am experienced, but if they want a really experienced driver I think there are only a certain number of drivers on that grid.

"So I think it will be Hulkenberg, I can't see Jenson going there, but I can't see many other experienced drivers that are free for next year. So I'd like to think I have a chance, but it is probably not going to happen."



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