Nasr confident of F1 seat for 2017, but unsure where he’ll end up

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Felipe Nasr is confident of securing a Formula 1 seat for the 2017 season, but remains uncertain where he will end up as a number of options continue to be explored.

Nasr, 24, made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2015, finishing a career-high of fifth on debut, but has failed to score a point through a difficult 2016 for the Swiss team.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Force India for 2017, potentially taking the seat freed up by Nico Hulkenberg following his move to Renault, but no deal has been firmed up yet.

“There is nothing 100 percent yet but I am pretty confident we are going to be [in F1] next year,” Nasr told Reuters.

“Everybody wants to know where, even me. I don’t know where yet. But hopefully soon we are going to know.”

Nasr is open to remaining at Sauber for next year despite its struggles through 2016, but is wary of continued problems through 2017 when the team will continue with season-old Ferrari power units.

“There are better possibilities for results in other places, but Sauber, knowing the team and I’ve been there for two years now so you build a relationship, it’s much easier to know how to work with them,” he said.

“As a driver you’re always thinking about how can I get the best results for myself. There’s many other things that come together, being at the right place at the right time, so we are working on it.

“In that first year I was able to show what I came for. This year since has been a little bit more difficult. I saw the two sides of the coin.”