Esteban Gutierrez has put a deadline of two weeks on negotiations to retain his seat at Haas for next season, amid rumours he could leave the team at the end of the year.
The Mexican driver who returned to racing this season after a year as a reserve driver at Ferrari has yet to score a point, and has remained in the shadow of teammate Romain Grosjean. While it was a great start to the year for Grosjean, taking points in the first two races, it took a while for Gutierrez to get up to speed, although at times have been unlucky with reliability.
Although he has recently rebuffed criticism from the team for not delivering as expected, he remained confident a seat will be still available for him in the sport, even if he leaves Haas.
Talking in the drivers press conference on Friday, he said: “I think Gene has been very clear in the media, they want to wait a few races.
“Fortunately, we have other options, which we are now considering strongly, and I think it will be important to close something soon, because we cannot risk to just wait a few more races until the end of the season and risk to fall in between two chairs.
“So we are doing our best and things are looking very good for next season.”
With Force India the current favoured empty seat next season, attracting attention from Gutierrez, Nasr, Ericsson and Renault drivers, little is known who would potentially take the second seat at Haas if Gutierrez leaves.