Petter Solberg has visited Ford's World Rally Team base in Cumbria to meet with team director Malcolm Wilson and talk about the possibility of driving a Focus RS WRC on the last two rounds of this year's world championship.
The meeting, which took place on Friday, marked the first time Solberg had been there since he quit the team and moved to Subaru in 2000.
Solberg said: "It was good to go back there, it was good to see there is such a good atmosphere around the place and such a lot of good equipment.
"M-Sport is a very impressive place. I had a long talk with Malcolm, we talked more than we had before. It was good to do this. We talked about the early days and we had a nice conversation. It was very nice to be back."
Solberg is not thought to have tested a Focus, but the Norwegian declined to comment on whether he had or would be testing Ford's current car. He has, however, tested a Citroen C4 WRC - and had discussions with Wilson's opposite number at Citroen, Olivier Quesnel.
Both teams have the opportunity to employ Solberg, whether it's as a number two driver in the main manufacturer squad – in the way Ford did with Francois Duval last season – or in the manufacturer teams, the Stobart Ford World Rally Team or Citroen Junior Team.
Either way, Solberg could play a pivotal role in the direction of this year's titles.
Solberg added: "No decisions have been taken yet. We will have to wait and see later this week what we do for the rest of the year."