Alexander Rossi says he remains positive over his chances of staying with Manor in Formula 1 this season.
Rossi made his debut in the sport for the team in Singapore last year and went on to compete in four of the remaining six races, alongside his GP2 commitments, in which he finished second to Stoffel Vandoorne.
Manor is the sole team yet to name either of its drivers, with pre-season testing set to begin in Spain in two weeks' time.
"Talks are every day," he told Sky Sports. "I think the deadline is really when cars roll in Barcelona in a couple of weeks.
"Things sometimes get pushed out in this sport and it is something I am used to and hopefully it doesn't go on to much longer.
"Things are looking positive and hopefully we get it done very soon."
Rio Haryanto, who placed fourth in GP2 last year, Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein and 2015 Manor driver Will Stevens remain in contention.