Heikki Kovalainen has admitted a return to a “winning” team could be on the agenda for the not-too-distant future.
He credits Caterham, formerly known as Team Lotus, for helping him to resurrect his form and reputation after a difficult early career with bigger teams.
2008 Hungary winner Kovalainen, 30, insists is has not been too hard in 2010 and 2011 – after struggling alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren – to race without the prospect of even a single point.
“I have reset my goals,” he explained to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“Each race was an opportunity for me to show my potential as a driver.
“At the same time I want to show the paddock that the new Kovalainen is different from the one at Renault and McLaren. So that I’m ready for ‘day X’ on which a place becomes available at a top team.
“In some ways it would already interest me to see how I would have done (recently) in a winning car. I think some people would be surprised,” added Kovalainen.