Adrian Sutil thinks it is still too early to start thinking about his plans for next year, despite Force India's ever-improving form making the outfit an attractive option for 2012.
The German's contract runs out at the end of this season, and the team has no shortage of options with Paul di Resta impressing during his debut season and the highly rated Nico Hulkenberg sitting on the sidelines as reserve driver.
Sutil did consider other options last year, and was most strongly linked with Renault, but there appear to be fewer opportunities elsewhere heading into 2012. Although Force India's recent upturn in form, which has seen the team emerge as the highest-scoring squad outside the top three in the last two races, could have left Sutil keen to sort out a fresh deal, he says he is no rush to sort things out.
"Last year we had progress at the beginning of the season and then it tailed off a bit," said Sutil. "This year has probably been the opposite, but it doesn't change my view on the team. I think it is still impressive that we are always able again to recover in a way and to beat big factory teams, because our budget is still small and it is really nice to see. We just need to be a little bit more consistent, and we are working on that."
He added: "We are looking to the team about next year, but for me it is too early! But it is good to have a good car at the end of the season and be able to show what you can do, because the last races are the most important."
Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said recently that he expected the team's 2012 driver lineup to be announced in the middle of December.