Jenson Button reportedly flirted with a move to 2010 pacesetters Red Bull.
The reigning world champion switched to McLaren this year to be Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate.
Button, 30, is now leading the world championship with two wins in his pocket, but the Daily Telegraph said the Briton could have been at the wheel of the dominant RB6.
The newspaper said Button was a potential replacement for Mark Webber.
“We did receive an inquiry from Jenson’s management last summer but we were, and still are, very happy with our two drivers,” insisted Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.