Sergey Sirotkin could be given a potential lifeline by Audi after being confirmed for a DTM test in Jerez.
The Russian is looking a fresh start after being axed by Williams in favour of Robert Kubica for the 2019 season.
Sirotkin was unable to give a true account of his performance levels as he battled with a very uncompetitive FW41 throughout the 2018 campaign.
He scored just one point at the Italian Grand Prix, once Romain Grosjean’s disqualification was upheld, leading to his backers, SMP Racing, wanting a cut-price deal to keep his seat for 2019.
Negotiations broke down between the two parties, ultimately leaving Sirotkin out in the cold.
But, he could carve out a career for himself in DTM as he is named on a seven-man shortlist to test for Audi’s DTM team next Tuesday.
Also on the list are: Benoit Treluyer, Mattia Drudi, Andreas Bakkerud, Frederic Vervisch, Jonathan Aberdein and Sacha Fenestraz.
Audi will confirm their DTM line-up following the test.