Markus Winkelhock says he is focused on becoming a primary test driver for the Spyker team next year.
The 26-year-old, whose late father Manfred and uncle Joachim also competed in formula one, appeared four times on Fridays for the Silverstone based team this year and had hoped to land the race seat alongside Christijan Albers for 2007.
He told adrivo.com, however, that he is not overly disappointed about losing the seat to countryman Adrian Sutil.
“No, obviously my goal was to get the seat, but it became clear in recent days that Adrian had a good package and was looking good to get it.”
German Winkelhock nonetheless expressed confidence that he will still be involved with Spyker next year, even though the Dutch squad is not sure if it will use test drivers on GP Fridays due to the scrapping of third cars.
He revealed: “The opportunity to stay involved with the team is still open.
“It would be a good thing for me if I could be the third driver.”