Esteban Gutierrez has emerged as the leading contender for a seat at Manor next season, following confirmation a buyer may have been found for the team.
Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick confirmed advanced talks with an investor, which well respected F1 journalist Joe Saward believes to be race promoter Tavo Hellmund. He helped bring back both the United States Grand Prix in Austin, and the Mexican Grand Prix, where he has been trying to purchase Manor for the last 18 months.
Talks last year came to nothing, with the price said to be too high, but negotiations have been ongoing over the summer. With his close links to both Mexico and America, Esteban Gutierrez has become the leading contender to drive for the team after his departure from Haas after just one season.
With Pascal Wehrlein looking likely for the second Sauber seat, Hellmund who is close to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone could opt for Felipe Nasr, although he has just lost a considerable amount of his backing from the Brazilian bank Banco de Brazil. Other contenders could be former Manor driver Rio Haryanto or reserve driver Jordan King.