Suzie Wolff reckons she has proven she can compete at the highest level following her debut performance in a full Formula 1 test at Silverstone.
At the young driver test on Friday, the 30-year-old Scottish driver became the first woman to take to the track in a F1 session for two decades.
Wolff completed 89 incident-free laps at Silverstone, finishing two seconds off the overall pace set by world champion Sebastian Vettel and nine tenths adrift of Williams' regular race driver Pastor Maldonado's best time from Thursday.
Wolff said it was vital that she prove her worth as a driver in her own right, irrespective of the fact she is a female, and she believes she has done just that.
"Ultimately a race team is going to put the best driver they can in the race car because they want performance and for me it was important today to show that I had the performance," Wolff said.
"It was important to show that given the limited number of laps that I had I can be on the pace and I was only four tenths off the Formula 3 European champion [Daniel Juncadella, who tested for Williams on Thursday], the guy who's rated as an up-and-coming young star.
"And if that has more meaning for other people because I am female then of course I'll use that to my advantage. But I'm not going to play that card as a way of 'give me the right now because I'm a girl and I was fast enough'. At the end of the day there was a lot of great performances over the three days, we're all fighting hard to get into Formula 1 and I've got to also keep fighting hard."
Wolff's fastest lap time of 1:35.093, the ninth quickest of the 16 runners on track on Friday, was by her own admission just short of her pre-test target, but she still felt she had proven that her record over seven seasons in German touring cars was not truly representative of her abilities.
"My goal was a [one minute] 34 so I just missed that. But I've always said I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think it was possible and I believe in myself," she said.
"It's quite hard after such a tough end to my DTM career, many people presumed that I was just always at the back and wasn't quick enough, but I think today can show that that was possibly an unfair judgement."
She added: "DTM is difficult to get in the right position to get in a winning car, I was never in that position, so for me it was about going out there and showing what I can do. As much as I was nervous about today I also saw it as a brilliant opportunity. There's not many people that get a young driver day, there's only a handful of us, and it was my chance to show everybody what I was capable of."
Looking ahead, Wolff has already ruled out the prospect of taking part in a Friday practice session later in this season, but made it clear that she intends to keep moving forward in her career.
"Let's see. I need to analyse the day properly, speak to the team a bit more," she said when asked about her future plans. "Obviously we have two great race drivers just now and there's no possibility of that happening before the end of the season, Friday driving. But let's see.
"I'm not someone that likes to sit still, I always like to move forward and keep achieving. So of course I'd like to see what the next step possible is now."
Regardless of what the future holds, Wolff said being able to take part in Friday's action and more than hold her own was a thrill.
"I had a fantastic chance from the team today," she added. "They took the chance to put me in the car. Many people said they were crazy, 'why were they wasting a day on me?', but they took that chance and I'm happy that I could do a good job today and pay them back for that."