Pascal Wehrlein has revealed that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he had to stay another at Manor but did admit that the plan is to get to Mercedes straight away.
Wehrlein, who is already a development driver with Mercedes, scored Manor's second ever top ten finish in their history at the Austrian Grand Prix, which was also his first-ever point in the sport.
The German youngster also claims that Manor could become a very competitive team in 2017 after improving drastically in 2016.
"Of course I would like to go to Mercedes straight away and win races and hopefully championships but if there's no opportunity I'm also happy to get another year with Manor," said the teenager.
"I really like the team, I like how the team is working and I think the team is the same with me. I think they enjoy working with me.
"I think next year is a big chance for every team to improve their position. With new regulations it's always a bit of an unknown where to go and what the direction is.
"The first year of regulation changes you never know who is going to be competitive and who is not.
"I think Manor could be a very competitive team next year. Even some people joined very late last year or the beginning of this year and the car was designed for this year already so I think next year's car we have even more input coming from more people."