Pascal Wehrlein has indicated he wants his F1 career to step up a notch for 2017.
A few days ago, the Mercedes-backed rookie said he would be happy to stay with the backmarker team Manor next year.
“First and foremost this is a huge opportunity and I need to take advantage of this chance, of course,” the 21-year-old German told DPA news agency after testing Mercedes’ 2014 car for Pirelli at Silverstone.
“But the problem is that getting noticed at Manor is difficult,” he insisted.
“If you don’t include the weekend in Austria, there has not been much of a highlight. On the other hand, if Austria had been a bad weekend, I would have no chance to draw attention to myself this year.
“So this was a key weekend for me,” Wehrlein added.