Rio Haryanto says things are “looking positive” over his future in Formula 1 in 2017, after losing his Manor seat mid-way through 2016.
The Indonesian driver failed to meet his contractual obligations and his race contract was terminated over the summer break.
He was replaced from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards by Mercedes junior and reigning GP3 champion Esteban Ocon.
Haryanto was offered a reserve driver role at Manor, which he accepted, and now he is focusing on a race return in 2017.
“We've been working very hard to find sponsors,” Haryanto is quoted saying by Fox Sports.
“We've been looking at possibilities for the teams in Formula 1, I think things are looking positive, looking good.
“In the next couple of weeks there will be lots of announcements for [other] drivers [and] teams, hopefully you guys can hear from me soon.”
Haryanto added he feels he has done a “good job” and been competitive against Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.