Nasr seeks 2014 F1 role with view to full time seat in 2015
4 December, 2013
Highly rated Felipe Nasr is determined to secure a role in Formula 1 in 2014, even if it means sitting out a season of racing in the lower series, as he believes that being in the F1 limelight is crucial at this point in his career.
The 21 year old Brazilian told TotalRace, “I need to be in the middle of the F1 world, to gain experience and learn everything, because I have not yet had the possibility of driving an F1 car. Next year is a radical change in the rules, I might be in for a big surprise.”
Nasr is targeting a role as reserve and Friday FP1 driver next season, “Being a reserve [driver] is not a bad option. The last drivers who entered F1 – Gutierrez, Bottas, Hulkenberg – they all did Friday duty for a year without competing in any other category. We are looking at things calmly, but I think it is a very good option to prepare myself for a race seat in 2015.”
Marussia and Caterham are not being ruled out by Nasr, “If you get a role with a small team, you will at least be able to do mileage the whole year. This experience gives you an idea of what it takes to be part of a F1 team.”
Although Nasr is optimistic that he can attain his goal of becoming involved in some capacity in F1 next year he is also realistic.
“The F1 market is a lottery, things change very [quickly],” explained the 2011 British Formula 3 champion. “Previously team line-ups were defined around August, September but today things have changed. Everyone is looking at the financial aspects and other details with decisions made much later, but it’s like that for everyone. I’m in the game, and we are negotiating for the best deal.” (GP247)
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