Current FIA Formula 2 championship leader Andy Soucek is targeting a seat with a Formula 1 team in 2010 after taking his third commanding victory of the season at Donington Park last weekend. The Spaniard was a guest of the Williams F1 team at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, this weekend.
"I feel I am ready for the chance in Formula 1," said Soucek, who leads Canada's Robert Wickens in the F2 point standings. "I am hoping to get my second test in an F1 car, following my run with Toyota in 2006. I believe I have the ability, experience and maturity to adapt quickly to a Formula 1 car again. I am in a good position having already driven an F1 car and most of the single-seater formulae below -- it is about finding the limits of the car quickly and hopefully I will get the chance to prove I can do that."
Formula 2 is a series that features identical equipment for all 24 of its drivers and offers the prize of a full test with the Williams F1 team to its champion, while the top three drivers will be eligible to qualify for an FIA Superlicense.
Soucek added: "Formula 2has finally given me the opportunity to prove what I can do in equal equipment. Most of the time in other series it is the teams that really make the difference. You can see in F2 that it is extremely close -- during qualifying, the top six have been separated by just two tenths of a second and the top 18 drivers covered by less than a second. It is incredible, and we all can honestly say that we, as drivers, have the same opportunities as each other.
"If I can win the championship this season, I will be really excited about the fantastic opportunity to test with Williams. There are also several new teams entering Formula 1 next season so it is a good time for me to be showing what I can do, as there will hopefully be more opportunities in 2010."
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of Formula 2 organizer MotorSport Vision, believes Soucek has proved himself worthy of a drive in F1: "Among an extraordinarily competitive field Andy has really stood out with a superb combination of pace, racecraft and consistency. Andy is also outstandingly professional as well as being a great guy and I have no doubt will be highly impressive when he makes the F1 debut he deserves."