Romain Grosjean hopes that Lotus Renault GP will move quickly now to finalize its 2012 driver plans in the wake of news that Robert Kubica will not be able to start next season for the team.
The Frenchman, who has had Friday outings for the team at the last two events, is now favorite to line up alongside Vitaly Petrov next year, but insists nothing is sorted yet.
"The situation is as it was before, except that the decision could be made faster now," Grosjean said. "I haven't been advised of any move forward. I still want to just do my best, show that I can be fast on different tracks and give good feedback to the team, which is quite important.
"We always knew it would be tough [for Kubica] for the start of next season, and I knew that Abu Dhabi was the first past of an audition – and it would be a real test. Hopefully under the Christmas tree now there will be a nice present."
Grosjean does not know when the team, which will be renamed Lotus next season, will make a decision, and says he is happy to wait for the squad finalize its plans.
"Everyone has to be patient," he said. "We are getting close to the answer, so everybody is getting a bit more interested in it, but we will see. At the moment nothing is done, I will do the best I can. All the signals are green and hopefully it will work out."