The 36-year-old has, according to the Deccan Chronicle in India, been offered a reserve driver position by the Silverstone-based team, but is determined to continue racing this season.
With more financial backing this year than last, he could still get the final seat on the 2013 grid with Force India still delaying a decision on a replacement for Nico Hulkenberg, now at Sauber.
“As soon as Narain's long-term sponsors Tata increased the budget for 2013, talks with Force India began,” Deccan Chronicle quoted a ‘source’ as saying. “Unlike the past, the negotiation has been a lot more positive.
“As reserve drivers don't have much of a role in F1 these days, Narain is only interested in the second driver’s seat.
“If talks fail, he will probably go to America for IndyCar, where a couple of teams have already shown interest.”
The Indian's 2012 drive HRT was not included in the FIA's 2013 entry list.