Present in the Sauber garage this weekend in Spain, Simona De Silvestro says there is no reason she can't be on the grid next season.
De Silvestro teamed up with Sauber at the start of this year with the aim of finding a place on the 2015 Formula 1 grid.
The 25-year-old Swiss racer put in her first laps in an F1 car last month at Fiorano and reckons that's just the first step towards achieving her goal.
"It is a risk to leave my career in the US, but since I was a small girl I've always wanted this," said the former IndyCar driver.
"It was actually a pretty easy choice because this chance only comes once in life and you have to take it.
"I don't think about not racing, I'm thinking about doing everything right and getting in the race car, and racing next year is the goal.
"There's still a long road ahead, but if I do everything correctly and show good pace, I don't see why not. I just have to get the job done in the car."
And although progressing to the grid would be a major step forward for female racer, De Silvestro says she is not letting that get to her.
"It's something that hasn't happened for a long time, but to me the important thing is I show we can be competitive, and up until now I think I've been able to do that in my career," added De Silvestro.
"Until IndyCar I'd always won races and been up front, and those are important criteria.
"If I get the chance to go into F1 I want to do the same thing - show we can be as fast as the guys. That's the key."
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