Now, when musing Force India's next lineup, he said of the current duo Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta: "One of them is going to leave that team."
With Hulkenberg tipped to move to Sauber, it is being reported in the German press that Silverstone-based Force India could go back to the future in 2013 by re-hiring Adrian Sutil.
The 29-year-old lost his seat after the Eric Lux assault affair, but his manager Manfred Zimmermann told Auto Bild: "Force India knows that Adrian is on the market.
"We know each other well."
Blick newspaper said Sutil still carries the significant sponsorship of his sponsors Medion and Capri-Sun.
The Swiss publication's correspondent said that could be bad news for Sebastien Buemi, who was hoping to return to the grid next year with Force India.
Force India, meanwhile, is hoping it can hold on to both Hulkenberg and di Resta.
"We've served our options on them and now have a period of time before coming back to us," deputy team boss Bob Fernley is quoted by the Sun.
"If there are changes, then we'll deal with it."