Carlos Sainz Jr insists he won't rush to make his way into Formula One, instead learning his craft in the feeder series.
Sainz Jr, the son of World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz, made his F1 debut at last month's Young Driver Test where he was in action for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
The 18-year-old, who finished second fastest on Day Two with Toro Rosso and fourth a day later for Red Bull, is currently contesting the GP3 series.
"In January I wasn't even expecting to have a day in a Toro Rosso or even try Formula 1 this year, it was not in my plans," Sainz told Autosport.
"I'm a GP3 driver. I got the opportunity to test a Toro Rosso and a Red Bull.
"This is obviously a big boost for my self-confidence, and a spur to keep pushing in all areas, but I'm still 18 years old, I'm young and there is no way I will go to Formula 1 next year.
"There's no rush. I'm patient. I know that there is still a long way to go and that just doing a Formula 1 test does not mean I'm going to be a Formula 1 driver.
"I'm really calm about it and I'll keep pushing to improve."
However, having said that, the Spaniard was delighted with his Formula One run and will jump at the opportunity should another test be offered.
"I felt closer but still I have a really long way to go and a lot of work to do," he said.
"In total I've only done 60-70 laps in a Formula 1 car. I'm still very green. I've got a lot of maturity and a lot of speed to come from myself, and a big learning process.
"I hope another opportunity to test a Formula 1 car will come.
"I would really like it, because once you try it, it's hard to step out...to get a run with the Red Bull guys was like winning a big lottery.
"Formula 1 is my only dream and goal. My dream is to be a Formula 1 driver and maybe one day a Formula 1 champion. I'm even more motivated after the test."
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