Anthoine Hubert says he will find it difficult to advance into the FIA Formula 2 championship next season without the backing of Renault, and the Frenchman says winning the GP3 Series title may be the only way to do it.
ART Grand Prix driver Hubert currently leads the GP3 championship by twenty-nine points with four races remaining of the season but is only a Renault affiliated driver rather than a fully-fledged member of the Renault Sport Academy.
The twenty-one-year-old has been promised that should he win the title this season, he will join the academy, which he hopes will see him be promoted into Formula 2.
“I think they [Renault] are happy with my performance, I am leading and that was the target they set for me,” said Hubert on Autosport. “As long as the championship is not finished, I won’t know if I’ve done enough or not.
“The initial target from them was to win the championship. If we win I should become a driver of the academy, if I don’t win, I don’t know! It would depend on why I didn’t win.
“I know that I have to win to get to F2, I think it will be very difficult to get to F2 without Renault’s support.”
Hubert says he does not feel any additional pressure from Renault after his own pre-season targets matched there’s, and he is just going about doing the best job he can do this season.
“The fact that Renault gave me this target doesn’t add any pressure because I’d already set this target for myself,” said Hubert. “Always when you have these kind of people looking at you, you know it’s important.
“But I’m just doing my job and taking this advantage to try and improve myself more, it’s a chance [rather] than additional pressure.”