Marussia team boss John Booth insists that the Anglo-Russian team is 'very close' to a deal with Max Chilton
that will see the Briton stay on for the 2014 F1 season.
Chilton enjoyed a steady debut in the sport this year as he took the chequered flag in each of the 19 races, giving him an F1 record as the first rookie to finish every race in their first season on the grid.
While team-mate Jules Bianchi
has already been retained for next year, Chilton's future has yet to be resolved, with the 22-year-old having made no secret of his desire to stay with Marussia again for 2014.
Although a deal has yet to be struck, Booth insisted that discussions were moving forwards and said he expected an agreement to be reached in the near future.
"We are very close with Max, very close," he told Sky Sports
. "He wants to stay and we want him to stay so it's a matter of sorting the details out really.
"We like the lad and he's done a great job, particularly in the second half of the year. I think he's very comfortable here and very happy here."
Should a deal with Chilton be concluded it would give the former Virgin Racing team the same driver line-up for a second successive season for the first time since joining the grid back in 2010, which could prove to be key going into a season where wide-ranging changes to the regulations are set to shake up the established order.
Despite running on a fraction of a budget of the front-runners, Marussia will hope to make forward progress from tenth in the standings this time around, with Booth hopeful that the progress made this season can be maintained into F1's new era.
"The problem with a team of our size is that building a 2014 car from scratch has taken all our resources," he said. "So from Barcelona onwards, we haven't really brought any updates to the car. We've brought small updates but nothing major.
"We've put all our resource and efforts into our 2014 car - which is on schedule. In fact, it's ahead of schedule. So we had to make that choice. Some teams have that choice but they have a parallel development plan going; we don't have that luxury.
"We've made great strides this year and we're very happy where we've been. Formula 1 is not easy; Red Bull
took over a race-winning F1 team with a limitless budget and it still took them five years to win a race. That's an indication of how difficult Formula 1 is. So operating with the smallest budget in the paddock, I think we can be very proud of what we've achieved."