After Sunday's Korean grand prix, Christian Klien could return to the wheel of the HRT for one or both of the remaining races of 2010.
That is the claim of the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, recalling the 27-year-old's strong performance with the struggling Spanish team in Singapore recently.
With his apparent food poisoning gone, Japanese pay-driver Sakon Yamamoto returned to the Cosworth-powered car in Japan and Korea.
But Kleine Zeitung said HRT is now considering putting reserve driver Klien back in the car for Brazil or Abu Dhabi, in a last-ditch effort to beat Lotus to tenth place in the constructors' world championship.
Lotus has been the best of the three new teams in 2010, but neither it, HRT or Virgin has scored a single point.
Lotus is currently tenth due to Heikki Kovalainen's 12th place finish at Suzuka, but an eleventh for HRT or Virgin at Interlagos or Yas Marina next month would see Lotus overhauled.
Only the top ten constructors share in the annual distribution of prize-money under the provisions of the Concorde Agreement.
Klien said in Yeongam that 2010 has shown that some pay-drivers are not necessarily the best value for F1 teams relying on the lucrative Bernie Ecclestone income.
"There is one at Virgin and Renault, and possibly two at Hispania," he said.
But Klien acknowledged that a surprise result for HRT with the F110 car is unlikely.
"We are the only team that, since the season opener in Bahrain, has not aerodynamically improved its car," he said.
He is therefore more hopeful about 2011.
"In March next year, I definitely see myself in a formula one cockpit," said Klien.