Dec.17 (GMM) Adrian Sutil has admitted he could complete Force India's 2013 driver lineup.
The former team driver, who sat out 2012 in the wake of his assault conviction, told German television Sat 1: "I certainly hope so.
"I know this business very well, and so you can only be certain when you have something signed.
"I still have to be patient, but I certainly hope that it turns out in my favour.
"It would be nice because I know the team well."
Sutil, now 29, made his debut for the Silverstone based team in 2007, when it was known as Spyker. He stayed through the transition to Midland and finally Force India.
The German admitted he is pinning his 2013 hopes on Force India, who have a vacancy alongside Paul di Resta after Nico Hulkenberg's move to Sauber.
"If it doesn't happen, I will have to think about something else, but I haven't really started that process yet," said Sutil.