Daniel Ricciardo can expect to learn about his future in Formula One before Christmas.
That is the claim of Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner.
In 2011, Australian rookie Ricciardo began the season as junior team Toro Rosso's Friday driver before - still with Red Bull's backing - moving into the HRT race seat.
For next season, he is tipped to race at Toro Rosso, or alternatively the Red Bull driver deal might switch from HRT to the Caterham team.
"Daniel has done a good job this year and now we need to look at the opportunities available," Horner is quoted by France's autohebdo.fr.
"He has learned from the races, albeit in difficult circumstances with a car that was far from the pace. But still he gained some experience and fought against a talented teammate.
"I am confident that his programme for next year will be decided before Christmas," added the Briton.