Adrian Sutil says he is surprised he has not secured a Formula 1 drive for next year already after his strong showing during the 2011 season.
The German, who finished in ninth place in the championship with 42 points, looks set to lose his seat at Force India next year to Nico Hulkenberg. Sutil, however, has been linked with drives at Williams and Renault and, although he admits he's baffled by his situation, he says things are not looking bad.
"Yes, I totally agree," he said when asked if it was absurd he doesn't have a drive for next year yet after his strongest season. "But that's life in Formula 1 and you have to deal with it. But it doesn't look too bad for 2012 – let's see what will happen."
He added: "To be honest, I delivered great performances at my last 10 races, but obviously the last three are still more current to the onlooker. For sure, these results make things easier for me and my manager to sort out the future."
Sutil said he has more than one option for 2012 at the moment and is hoping he can announce his future in the upcoming weeks.
"Right now we do have more than one option and we are trying to put the best package together for next year. Hopefully, we will have a decision within the next two weeks," he said. The German conceded he would be pleased to partner Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus (nee Lotus Renault) next year if the possibility arose.
"I always said I'm happy to have the best teammate I can get, as this is the only chance to show how good you are – and Kimi would be a great and very strong teammate..."