Kevin Magnussen is adamant he will not go through another season without racing, saying there is "no way in hell" that will happen.
Dropped from a race-seat at the end of last season, the Dane stayed on at McLaren in a reserve driver role.
And although that meant he did take part in the Australian GP weekend due to Fernando Alonso's testing crash, that has been his only outing.
"There will not be one more year without racing – no way in hell," he said in an interview with Autosport.
"I'll stay for one year like this and then hopefully something will happen [in F1], and if not you'll have to move on and do something else.
"I'm not saying I definitely won't be here as reserve driver.
"If I don't get a [race] drive then I might do something else and if I can be reserve driver as well then that'll be good.
"But I hope that's not going to be it – I hope to be back in Formula 1 next year."
Magnussen could yet replace Jenson Button next season as the Brit has been linked to Williams as well as a role at Top Gear.
But if he doesn't land a F1 seat, the 22-year-old remains open to move to America's IndyCar series.
"I've always loved IndyCar and I think there's something about it which is really cool. I just like old-school racing.
"We had such a short time to find the budget [this year] and then with what happened to Fernando McLaren needed me, and I didn't really have the time to find the budget."