Susie Wolff says she is hopeful of taking part in the next F1 Young Driver Test with Williams as she works towards earning herself a Super Licence.
The 30-year-old is focusing on her role as a development driver for the Grove-based team this season having elected to stand down from her DTM commitments, and was the first person to sample the FW35 prior to pre-season testing this year.
Wolff has now set her sights on taking part in testing alongside her fellow drivers and said the Young Driver Test would be the ideal opportunity for her to get behind the wheel and see what she is capable of – with her ultimate goal being to try and secure a race seat in future.
"I'm on a fantastic path but I don't look too far ahead," she told BBC Sport
. "I look at each small step. Now it's about doing the young drivers days and proving I'm quick enough - and then getting a super licence.
"Once I've done the test, I'll apply for a super licence and then I've got to get myself close enough and hope I get the opportunity for a race seat. I would have enough mileage already but there's no point in doing that just now because it's unrealistic for me to get a race seat yet.
"I've never done a start, I've never done a pit stop and I need more time in the car. I'm not going to jump steps, it's got to be done in right way and I've got to prove myself at each step of the way. Teams like Williams won't put a driver in the car if they're not good enough. I just need to show that I am."
Wolff added that she felt she had already been accepted in the sport and had worked hard against the stereotype surrounding female drivers and F1.
"I have had to earn the respect of the team and I had to do that good test to show that I was capable and that I deserve the chance," she said. "I get a lot of support in the team and it's fantastic that Claire [Williams] has been made deputy team principal. All of us are enthusiastic about the future.
"The stereotype will always there. When you hear other people being interviewed about women in motorsport, a lot don't believe it will happen, a lot are against it but if you're in the paddock, I believe you've earned your place there."