Max Chilton has revealed that he is one of the ten drivers in the running to race for Haas F1 Team in 2016, but is unsure about his chances of securing a seat with the outfit headed up by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas.
Chilton spent two years in Formula 1 with Marussia F1 Team, making his final appearance at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix before the operation financially collapsed.
Speaking to Sky Sports News in the UK, Chilton confirmed that he had held talks with Haas about a possible drive in 2016.
“I’ve definitely put my foot in the door and we’ve had a few chats,” Chilton said.
“I think they came out a few weeks ago and said they were talking to ten drivers so I am definitely one of those.”
However, Chilton believes that Haas’ strong ties with Ferrari will result in one of the race seats going to a driver associated with the Italian marque.
“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,” Chilton said.
“They have Ferrari engines and are using their wind tunnel. And I hear they want an experienced driver.”
Esteban Gutierrez is the favorite to secure a drive with Haas given his previous experience in F1 and current reserve role with Ferrari, but the likes of Nico Hulkenberg, Jean-Eric Vergne and Alexander Rossi are also thought to be in the running for a seat.