Max Chilton isn't set to discover if he will be retained by Marussia until December, with the Anglo-Russian team yet to confirm if the Briton will stay on for another year.
While Jules Bianchi
has already been confirmed in his drive for 2014, Chilton's future continues to be a topic of discussion, with Kevin Magnussen having been linked with the team prior to the announcement that he will race for McLaren
Speaking ahead of this weekend's season finale in Brazil, Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon denied that the team was keeping the Briton 'hanging on' and said it was simply a case of Bianchi's deal being announced earlier than the team would normally have made its plans public.
"This is where there is a massive misunderstanding," he told Sky Sports
. "He's [Chilton] not left hanging. We've never signed a driver as early as this. We normally do the deals after the season has finished. We're not doing anything different this year in terms of timing. It's definitely not a case of leaving Max hanging on, or anything else like that.
"The only thing different this year is there was an early announcement about Jules. It doesn't normally happen like that. Like any negotiation or discussion, it takes time for people to put together a scenario they are comfortable with on both sides.
"I don't really see why that should be hurried up for any reason. It's not a case of leaving somebody hanging on or anything like that, it's just a process you go through, you then reach an agreement, you decide when to announce it and you crack on."
Lowdon added that a December announcement would be one that would work better for the team.
"If you look at how we have managed the driver programme in the past, we have never made driver announcements until the end of the season," he said. "There is probably just a little more focus on things now because in the past Timo (Glock) had a three-year contract, everybody knew that. We used to negotiate with the driver, finalise everything and announce it in December, which fits our internal timescale.”