Vitantonio Liuzzi on Friday admitted that he is hoping to keep his formula one career alive by joining the Williams team in 2008.
The Italian, whose first experience of a F1 car was in a Williams test in 2002, must leave Toro Rosso at the end of this year.
And Liuzzi, 26, confirmed rumours linking him with the Grove based team, that currently runs Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz.
“I don’t know if my future will be with them but they were the first team that gave me a chance to test a formula one car and I am really grateful for that and we’ll see what happens,” he told reporters in Turkey.
Liuzzi said the driver market is currently “on standby” amid speculation that reigning world champion Fernando Alonso might leave McLaren.
Austrian Wurz is similarly waiting on the market, and hopes to be retained by Williams also for next year.
Technical director Sam Michael reportedly said recently that the veteran is at the top of the team’s shortlist for 2008.
Wurz said on Friday: “There is no news to tell you.”