Lewis Hamilton is still in the running to make his grand prix debut for McLaren in Brazil in two weeks.
Boss Ron Dennis admitted at Suzuka that team officials will make their decision following the GP2 champion’s second extensive test, at the Jerez circuit next week.
But Dennis, who is torn between risking the 21-year-old Briton’s debut or sticking with the reliable Pedro de la Rosa, insisted: ”When we think it through there’s not a massive upside to (Hamilton) racing in Brazil.”
Whether Hamilton appears at Interlagos or not, he is still in pole position for the race seat alongside Fernando Alonso next year.
Rumours in Japan, meanwhile, also suggest that Hamilton could make a lower-profile debut in 2007 for Spyker.