Dani Sordo says he will wait on word from Ford before responding to the offer he has from Mini for next season.
The Spaniard has been approached by Mini to be part of its entry into the World Rally Championship, but is holding out for a possible Ford drive before committing.
"I will wait a little bit for Ford, but not long," Sordo said. "It's not fair to Mini.
"Nothing is decided at the moment, but Mini is a good idea - with a big company like BMW behind it. I would like to develop the car, that's a good thing, but I also need to be driving a lot next year and this is not the full programme."
Sordo is expected to test a Mini for the first time before the end of this month.
Kimi Raikkonen has also been linked to Mini, with Red Bull expected to enter a deal with the team in 2012.