McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is fully expecting Lewis Hamilton to sign a new long-term contract this year.
Hamilton dropped a broad hint earlier this week he might finally resolve his future with McLaren during next month's summer break following back-to-back races in Germany and Hungary.
Mark Webber's decision to re-sign with Red Bull for 2013 appears to have brought the matter into perspective for Hamilton who, up until last week, had shown no great desire to resolve matters.
Although also linked with Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus, McLaren would appear to be Hamilton's only sensible destination - but for how long?
It has been suggested Hamilton may look for a one-year deal in order to keep his options open for 2014, and to see if McLaren can provide him with the title-winning car he desires.
But asked whether McLaren could agree something more long-term, Whitmarsh replied: "I'm expecting we will."
Speaking at a phone-in for team sponsors Vodafone, Whitmarsh indicated the uncertainty was far from overwhelming.
He added: "Lewis has been a member of this team for a long time, and we have been concentrating on a season.
"I think there's been more speculation, more concern, more interest in this situation in the media than perhaps within the team or in Lewis' mind.
"We appear nowadays to be asked questions about it, but I don't think it occupies as much time in our minds as it does in column inches."
Whitmarsh has again firmly reiterated his belief McLaren's drop in form - with Hamilton eighth and team-mate Jenson Button 10th in the British Grand Prix 10 days ago - would have no bearing on the 27-year-old's decision.
"No, I don't, because we're going to the next two races trying to win as we go to every race," said Whitmarsh.
"I think Lewis is more intelligent than that and, I would hope, so are most of the media."
Despite Hamilton's indication of an August resolution, Whitmarsh has also made it clear he has no concerns should talks progress into the second half of the campaign.
"I don't think we should put any timeframe on it," said Whitmarsh.
"For both parties it's something that's got to be determined, preferably before the end of the season.
"But I don't think there's any need to do so against any tight timeframe."
For McLaren, the sole objective this weekend is to rediscover the pace lost in the last two races at Valencia and Silverstone since Hamilton's win in Canada.
Hamilton goes into the German Grand Prix, the 100th of his Formula One career, trailing championship leader Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari by 37 points, with the Briton also behind Red Bull duo Webber and Sebastian Vettel in the standings.
As for Button, 79 points off the pace after collecting seven from a possible 150 over the last six races, his title hopes are all but over barring a miracle comeback.
Button conceded at Silverstone McLaren were no longer fighting Ferrari and Red Bull on pace, but instead the likes of Williams and Sauber.
With both McLarens due to sport a significant bodywork upgrade this weekend centring on the sidepods, the hope is it will bring them closer to their rivals.
Button knows he cannot endure another weekend like Silverstone where he qualified 18th and finished 10th.
"Fighting for one point at the end is not what we should be doing as a team, as McLaren," said Button.
"We're a front-running team, one of the best in the world, and we can fight through this.
"The team are multiple world champions, and we will improve the car. It is just a surprise there are so many competitive teams out there, and a step ahead of us.
"So these final back-to-back races before we head into the summer break are important for the whole team.
"Coming off the back of a couple of disappointing weekends, it's important we capitalise on the opportunities available in Germany and Hungary."