Celis chasing full-time F1 drive


Having put in his first run at a grand prix weekend in Bahrain, Alfonso Celis Jr says he wants to use his track-time to prove he deserves a 2017 drive.

Alfonso joined Force India in 2015 and took part in the end of season Abu Dhabi test before having the honour of debuting the VJM09 at Barcelona this year.

The development driver was handed another run in the new car, taking part in Friday's opening practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

With more FP1 outings on the cards, the Mexican driver is hoping to use his running to secure a full-time F1 ride.

"For sure, my personal goal is to end the year in a place where I have shown some performance and I show I am ready to be considered as a driver for next year," Celis told F1i.com

"[The target is to] improve step by step, it is my first year in F1 so I have a lot to learn.

"I have to be patient and improve each time I get in the car so that by the end of the year I can see an improvement."

The 19-year-old added: "It is positive I could help the team, I did all the switches and the data collected successfully so that is the important part.

"The car is one piece to keep evolving through the week so a good first one, I just look forward to keep improving and getting close to my team-mates.

"Towards the end of my free practice programme, hopefully we are quite close."