On the back of a fine performance in Singapore, Paul di Resta looks set to stay with Force India for the 2012 season according to the Scot's manager Anthony Hamilton.
After a difficult run of results, di Resta has now scored points in three of the last four race to move up to 13th in the championship standings – just eight points behind team-mate Adrian Sutil.
Despite team boss Vijay Mallya saying it would be a foolish decision to led di Resta leave, the team has yet to announce its driver line-up for 2012 but Hamilton said he had fully expected the Silverstone-based outfit to take up the option if has on the Scot for next year.
"Just purely based on his performances, I think he has a seat for next year,” he was quoted by Sky Sports
. "We've a long-term contract with these guys, they've been loyal to us, we've been loyal to them, and they're a good team to be with.
"So I'm confident they'll re-sign him for a second year, although I have not had any confirmation as yet, but then neither has anybody in the team.
"Naturally we'd all like to know now where we stand, but there are option dates in the contracts, and there is another month or so to go before they can be exercised.
"I'm confident they'll be exercised on the date in question - if they're not then I'll be very upset - but I'm sure everything will work out well for Paul."
Hamilton added that he was particularly impressed with di Resta's performance during the Singapore weekend on what was his first taste of F1 under lights.
"If you look at Paul's performance in Singapore, I've been more impressed with him this weekend," he said. "He had never been to the track before, got on in the first session and was only a couple of tenths behind Adrian.
"He then had a technical issue in the second session and missed virtually all of it, but ran out in qualifying in the top ten, and as for the race, he was superb. On that level of performance you can only go forward. It's looking very positive.
"I think everything is looking positive for Paul for next year."