Rubens Barrichello is confident he will stay at Williams in 2011, claiming it would be wrong for the team to let him go.
"I hope so. I think it would the natural thing," Barrichello said of staying at the team. "Obviously, I haven't signed any contract just yet. I am not talking to anybody else.
"I think Williams would be doing the wrong thing if they were thinking of something else, because they already put into the program of next year – so it would be a waste not to be driving."
When asked when he was hoping to sort his future, he said: "Before the [midsummer] break, I hope."
The veteran Brazilian joined Williams from Brawn GP this year. Despite a difficult first part of the season, Barrichello has shone in the last two races, having finished fourth at Valencia and fifth at Silverstone. The Williams driver sees no reason why his team would not renew his contract, as he believes he is driving at his best.
"Right now, it is almost a waste of time not to have me in the car and driving," he said. "In terms of speed, I am performing better than ever and I think this positiveness is just making such a change.
"And people say, 'Well, you are not winning races, how can you be so positive?' Well, it's because as a team you have got to believe we'll produce something that will put us back to the podium area, and then maybe next year make a good car that can effectively bring the first place.
"We went through a 'getting used to' time. It was almost a fun time. One time the engineer said to me, 'How can you know that?' - 'Cos I'm f****** good!' It was an honest answer but it was meant in fun. I never had arrogance in my comment.
"I never wanted to be better than anyone, but what I believe that what I am saying is a good feeling for the car. So then the team went on and proved that it was the right correction in the tunnel. So it's harmony between what I tell the engineers now, so it's a really nice working environment to improve."
Barrichello is also hopeful that Williams will have a winning car next year, but he admits it's impossible to predict.
"After all those 18 years in Formula 1, you can almost say anything can happen. You would never have said that the Brawn would be such a winning team last year. There are no need for a lot of changes to make this thing win. We need a little bit on the engine side, and we need a little on the aerodynamic side.
"We need to change the characteristic of the car still to have a bit more downforce on some areas that I need. We need to work with the tires – it's going to be a different tire. It just needs a little bit of something to make a winning car."