Although Davide Valsecchi is "disappointed" about missing out on a Lotus seat, the reserve driver insists he is not giving up.
Last weekend when it emerged that Kimi Raikkonen would not contest the final two races for Lotus as he needed an operation on his back, Valsecchi emerged as the most likely to replace him as he is the team's reserve driver.
Instead, though, Lotus asked Nico Hulkenberg and Michael Schumacher before turning to Caterham tester Heikki Kovalainen.
It was a bitter blow for Valsecchi, who concedes it could have been his only shot to ever race in Formula One.
"I am really disappointed," the Italian told the BBC. "On the sporting side for me it is a big loss.
"It was the chance of my life, I was really closing to driving maybe the only two races of my whole career in Formula One so I was really focused to go for two good results."
"But," he added, "I missed the chance, they took Kovalainen and I have to accept the decision of the team."
The 2012 GP2 driver is refusing to give up on Formula One, saying one never knows what the future holds.
Asked what next, he said: "I don't know, too difficult a question at the moment, I just don't know.
"It is not finished yet, we have two races to go so I'll focus on my job and I'd really like the chance to show my quality.
"I was a Champion last year and this year the story is not running in the right way from my personal point of view."
He added: "But you know life is strange and maybe in the future things will change very quickly."