Maria de Villota insists “there are real possibilities” she will be a regular in the F1 paddock next year.
The 31-year-old Spanish female driver tested a 2009 Renault at Paul Ricard in August, and earlier this month she re-appeared in the car during the World Series race weekend at Barcelona. She told the Spanish news agency Europa Press that she is getting “closer” to securing a job in Formula One for 2012.
“The first test we did in August went so well that it helped to accelerate more possibilities,” said de Villota.
She said her short-term objective is to “be in Formula One in 2012”.
De Villota, the daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, said her Superleague races alongside former F1 drivers Antonio Pizzonia and Enrique Bernoldi had convinced her she is capable of contesting grands prix.
“While I have great respect for them, I do not see an uneven playing field,” she said.
“Physically – yes I know – I have to work harder, but as an athlete and a driver I feel that with proper training and with the experience that I need, I think I can do it very well.”