Nico Hulkenberg says he expects to still be with Force India next season as speculation mounts over his future.
The German is a free agent for the 2017 season, and he has been linked with a potential move to Renault as rumours persist over a contract dispute with Force India.
However, speaking at Suzuka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Hulkenberg looked to cool that talk by publicly backing the team.
“Rumours are rumours and facts are facts,” he said.
When asked specifically if he is sure he will be at Force India next year, he answered: “Yes, I think so.”
“Although we are a private team, it is very professional with excellent staff and I love being a part of it.
“Over the years we have progressed together and become one of the best teams behind the leaders.”