If you had informed me a couple of months ago that former Formula 1 racer turned tainted villain Adrian Sutil would be in with a very realistic shot at a return to the sport, I'd have done a Dizzee Rascal and called you bonkers.
That now infamous incident with Genii Capital CEO Eric Lux, which cost Sutil a hefty fine and an eighteen month suspended prison sentence, ensured Sutil's reputation was beyond damaged.
It seemed it would even cut short any sort of career the emerging German driver wanted to have or that pundits could envisage coming into fruition.
Force India went on record to state that his exit from the team at the end of the 2011 season was not a direct response to Sutil's physical attack on Lux. Yet, you can't help but feel that any rival team who may have been tempted to take on Sutil were instantly put off by the idea of controversy coming into their garage.
Sutil has spent a year away from the sport. By his own admission he has taken the time to relax and get his life back in order. He now considers himself fortunate and excited at the prospect of his former team contemplating a return for him to the sport. Sutil has confirmed that he is clear to travel to all Grand Prix.
His competition lies in Force India's third driver, Jules Bianchi, a French former GP2 racer who has also won titles in Formula 3 and Formula Renault. So as the start of the 2013 season draws closer, why should Sutil gain the second seat at Force India?