Frederic Vasseur has dealt a blow to Nico Hulkenberg's flagging chances of staying on the Formula 1 grid next year.
German Hulkenberg, who has lost his Renault seat for 2020 and is no longer in contention to move to Haas or Williams, said at Suzuka that his supporters would have to play "more of a patience game" before his future is revealed.
"We will take the decision quite soon but honestly, if you have a look at the last event, I think that Antonio is doing a very strong job," he said.
"He was matching Kimi in the last six or seven qualifyings in a row. He was in front in Sochi," said the Alfa Romeo boss.
"Antonio is doing the job, he's improving and I'm very confident with Antonio," Vasseur added.body check tags ::