Axed Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin is hoping to make a quick return to Formula 1 after next season.
The Russian was forced onto the sidelines following a pretty miserable rookie campaign where he scraped just one point in a very uncompetitive FW41.
A breakdown in talks between Williams and his sponsors, SMP Racing, led to Sirotkin being shown the exit door with Robert Kubica taking his place on the grid in 2019.
Sirotkin said the news has been “very tough to take”, but his difficult year has not put him off wanting to return at the next possible opportunity.
“Certainly it was a difficult experience, but it made me stronger,” said Sirotkin.
“I have a clear understanding that, for objective reasons, I didn’t show everything that I could have shown. But I also have a clear awareness that everything is not finished for me in Formula 1.
“I don’t want to give up in any way. I really hope that in a year I will return to the starting grid and prove that it was the right decision to come to Formula 1.”
As for his 2019 plans, which could include racing for Audi in DTM, we will have to wait and see what his next step will be.
He added: “Now we are trying to collect all the options, but I think there will be no specifics in the next two weeks.
“If there is something, then at best it will be after the New Year holidays.”