Robert Wickens says he feels ready to make the step up to Formula One having successfully secured the 2011 Renault World Series title in Barcelona.
Wickens beat Carlin team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne to the championship crown after neither finished the final race of the year at Catalunya, with the Canadian now turning his attention to the future.
While he admits he doesn't yet have any deals in place for 2012, Wickens said he had learned enough from his role as test and reserve driver with the Marussia Virgin Racing team to feel ready to make a move into F1.
“I have learned a lot, just as the reserve driver,” he told GPUpdate
. “You can't really carry much over into the World Series by Renault because it's a completely different car and a completely different operation – you go from 47 people on one team to ten here at Carlin on two cars. But I have loved the experience from Virgin and doing an aero test was great. I definitely want to be in Formula 1 more now than ever before.
“[However] at the end of the day it's not my decision. I'm a race car driver, I want to race and I want to race in Formula 1. From my side I feel like I'm ready for Formula 1 and maybe we'll just have to wait and see what happens.”