Valtteri Bottas believes there is no reason why Alfa Romeo should look to change its driver line-up for 2023 with Zhou Guanyu yet to secure a new deal.
Zhou has shown promise in his debut season but after scoring a point in his maiden outing, has featured in the top 10 on just two further occasions.
Such a record does not do justice to the Chinese driver's levels of performance, with reliability problems leading to retirements at three races.
Although Bottas is on a multi-year deal with Alfa Romeo, the team has yet to decide whether it will retain the 23-year-old rookie for a second term.
Asked how important it is to know his partner for 2023 sooner rather than later, Bottas said: "It would be nice to know but there is no rush or stress about it.
"He has been a good fit for the team and at this moment I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to continue.
"I would definitely root for the continuity, and it is only his first year so I am sure he can make a good step for the second year."
Bottas' "different feeling" after Lewis Hamilton experience
Bottas raced alongside seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton for five years before moving to Alfa Romeo.
Comparing working alongside a rookie team-mate to his previous experience, Bottas added: "It is different, yes.
"I am now the driver the team-mate is asking more questions of than I am from him, and there is a responsibility as well with the set-up direction.
"It’s a different feeling but it comes quite naturally.
"It is my 10th season in Formula 1 so eventually you will have a team-mate who is younger than you."