Lawrence Stroll may now have moved his attention from Sauber to Marussia.
In the paddock at Monza recently, it was strongly rumoured that the Canadian fashion industry billionaire and racing enthusiast was in detailed negotiations to buy financially embattled Sauber.
Rumours quickly followed, however, that the deal had collapsed at the final hurdle.
"Lawrence Stroll received a negative response from Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn regarding his offer to take over the Swiss team," said a report by Italiaracing.
But Stroll may now be switching his attention from one embattled Ferrari customer to the next, the Italian report added.
He has close links to the Maranello marque, with his son Lance also a member of Ferrari's driver 'academy'.
Ferrari's other 'power unit' customer in F1 is Marussia; another team grappling with obvious financial problems, and already housing 'academy' driver Jules Bianchi.