Christian Klien has thrown his helmet back into the ring regarding a race drive for next season, claiming that one year of testing is all he wants to contemplate for now.

The 24-year old admitted to Austria's Kleine Zeitung that he would be looking for a seat on the grid in 2008, having carried out testing duties for Honda this year, but acknowledges that little is likely to be settled for the next few weeks.

Although he also tested with Spyker at Spa-Francorchamps during the summer, Klien would not reveal whether he was in the frame for a seat at the soon-to-be renamed Force India team now that Indian millionaire Vijay Mallya holds the pursestrings, pointing out that so much of the annual merry-go-round will depend on Fernando Alonso's future.

"I will look everywhere to get back into a race seat again," Klien insisted, "The places at Honda are occupied and a further year as test driver brings nothing. One year testing is useful, but it is not a permanent solution.

"There are very many open places but, first of all, everyone has to wait and see what Fernando decides to do, and that could be two or three weeks away. But I know I want to go racing again!"

Although he no longer has the backing of Red Bull, who he shunned after being offered a chance to switch to Champ Cars for 2007, Klien is hoping that he can pick up backing from his native Austria, especially now that countryman Alex Wurz has announced his retirement from the cockpit.

Wurz's decision leaves one seat free at Williams, which could become two if McLaren or Toyota succeed in tempting the Grove team to part with Nico Rosberg. Force India has yet to reveal its hand, although it is known to be keen on retaining Adrian Sutil, while Super Aguri has already confirmed its interest in running an unchanged line-up, possibly closing the door on one outlet for Klien's talents via its Honda links.



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