Christian Horner is flattered that Bernie Ecclestone considers him an "ideal" replacement but says he is committed to Red Bull Racing.
Formula One could find itself without a head in the coming months as Ecclestone faces a damages lawsuit in the London High Court that could cost him his job.
Should he be found guilty and forced out, the F1 supremo says the 40-year-old Red Bull team boss would be the "ideal" candidate to fill his shoes.
"I would be happy to hold his hand," added Ecclestone. "We could have a transitional period.
"It needs someone who knows the sport. If someone comes in from outside, a corporate type, I don't think I could work with them. It wouldn't last five minutes.
"People deal with me because they know me. They know I'm straight with them. That's how it is with Christian. I hope we can do it."
Ecclestone, though, is going to have to look elsewhere as Horner says while he is flattered, he's not interested.
"I went to dinner with him (Ecclestone) last night and he said to me 'You're going to be mentioned in the papers tomorrow'. I asked him why and he told me," Horner told Press Association Sport.
"To be honest, I'm very flattered, but it's all speculation. Right now I am committed to my job."
Asked if it was something he would consider a few years down the line, he said: "That is a subject for then. But as I say, right now, I'm committed to this team."
Bernie: Horner Would Be Ideal