Felipe Nasr says he is feeling “pretty confident” about his chances of remaining in Formula 1 for the 2017 season.
The Brazilian driver is currently in his second season with the Sauber team, but it has been a tough year.
Nasr scored six top 10 results in his rookie F1 campaign in 2015, including fifth place on his debut in Australia.
But Sauber hasn’t scored a point since his ninth place at last year’s United States Grand Prix and is currently last in the 2016 standings with two races, including Nasr’s home event in Brazil, still to go.
He has yet to confirm his plans for 2017 and feels Sauber might be the easier option, but other opportunities out there could yield better results.
“There is nothing 100 percent yet but I am pretty confident we are going to be there [F1] next year," Nasr said in an interview with Reuters.
“Everybody wants to know where [I'll be]. Even me, I don’t know where yet. But hopefully soon we are going to know," he added.
"There are better possibilities for results in other places, but Sauber – knowing the team and I’ve been there for two years now so you build a relationship – it’s much easier to know how to work with them.
"As a driver you’re always thinking about how can I get the best results for myself. There’s many other things that come together, being at the right place at the right time, so we are working on it.
"In that first year I was able to show what I came for. This year since has been a little bit more difficult. I saw the two sides of the coin, put it that way."