Max Chilton says he expects to remain with Marussia for a second season in 2014.
Chilton made his debut for the team in Australia and recorded a best finish of 14th place in Monaco.
Marussia has already confirmed that current driver Jules Bianchi will continue with the team into 2014.
“I came into Formula One and was ready, but it definitely takes time to really get it,” Chilton told The Official F1 website.
“Since the [summer] break I’ve felt a lot more comfortable, and also the car has been more balanced so I’ve been able to show more of my potential. And even in India when I got it wrong in qualifying, I managed to then produce what to this point has been my best race. So it is a matter of being able to turn things around in an extremely competitive environment.”
“Next year it’s most likely that I will stay with Marussia – but of course I have to get the deal done first.”
Chilton believes that retaining 10th place in the championship across the final two races of 2013 is vital for Marussia’s hopes next season.
“The team has good potential, but it’s crucial that we stay ahead of Caterham in the constructors’ championship as the prize money we’d get can make up a big percentage of our yearly budget.”
“If we have that we can put it towards a better car for next year. That would really help! It would mean that we have the chance to start 2014 really strong.”
Chilton added that he will probably have to lose ‘one or two kilos’ before the start of 2014 due to the new regulations.
“There’s a lot of focus on drivers’ weights for 2014. In some ways I am privileged as although I’m quite tall, I’m also quite light. Having said that, for next year I probably will try to lose one or two kilos.”