Formula 2 champion Andy Soucek says his maiden Formula 1 test with the Williams team is a dream come true for him.
The 24-year-old Spaniard will make his F1 debut at Jerez tomorrow as a prize for winning the F2 championship this year.
Soucek says he's not putting himself under pressure for the test, but is confident he will be able to do a solid job.
"For me it is like a dream come true, having an F1 team focus on you for an entire day," said Soucek. "Williams really does set the highest standards, and every detail is examined and catered for - I even had three people analyzing how my seat position could improve!
"It's a big responsibility driving Williams' car and, as always, I'll be going out hoping to be fast and do the best job I can. However, I'm not putting myself under too much pressure; I'm confident and relaxed more than anything else, and it will just be great to get experience from the test and get reference points of how Formula 1 works."
Soucek, winner of seven races in F2 this year, is aware that speed will not be the only factor in impressing the team. "The test is about an accumulation of factors," he added. "You need to be able to create and build a good environment with the team, you have to deliver good and accurate reports on the car and, of course, you have to be quick. If you put everything together, then you have a good test. I'm just going to be myself and be natural.
"I knew I had the test after Imola where I won the championship, so since then I have been training a lot, working on my neck and my fitness. F1 requires you to be in very good physical shape, so I have been working hard.
"It's also about your mental state, so I have spent the last few days with my grandmother and family in order to be fully focused before the test. On Monday I will spend the whole day with my engineer making final adjustments, and then I'm sure the nerves will kick in the night before.
"Overall, though, I'm feeling very relaxed and confident. I have even had my Stilo helmet repainted with the Williams blue and white color scheme, and it looks really good. The team made me feel very comfortable, and I can't wait to get out in the car!"