Toro Rosso pilot Brendon Hartley says he wants to prove himself in the 2018 season, starting with the Australian Grand Prix.
2017 WEC world champion Hartley began competing with Toro Rosso last year with the US Grand Prix and failed to score points in the races he participated in.
The team nevertheless decided to continue with the New Zealand driver for 2018, and the 28-year-old pilot's performance this year will be a major concern.
Speaking before the new season, the former Porsche WEC pilot said he wants to prove that it belongs to F1.
Hartley said, "It was a dream for me to be a F1 driver, but now I want to prove that I belong here, it's a tough job and a lot of self-sacrifice."
"Everything had been developed so quickly that I had little time to prepare, but for the rest of my life I always felt I was ready for it."
"I do not know how many times I flew in the last two months of the 2017 season, my time zone was different everywhere and every other day I was flying another time."
"I was tired, but I do not find it on the chart, I decided to keep everything simple, I tried to think too much and enjoy it."
"I am doing what I am dreaming about right now, of course there is a lot of pressure, but when I am here I am trying to enjoy it."
"You can see that some people do not see it, it's the only pressure they feel, but they have to taste what they do."
"Representing Porsche at Le Mans was putting a lot of pressure on me, which made me very well versed in the experience, and I got the chance to work with some of the best drivers and engineers."
"I've never been more prepared than ever before, and Formula 1 cars have bigger demands compared to other cars, like Singapore is a humid race and probably the greatest test, and I have to do some training before entering the race."
When asked about the 2018 goal, Hartley said, "It's a team sport and it's hard to put a clear goal, but my goal will be to score points consistently." said.