Felipe Nasr believes there is heightened expectation on him stepping up to Formula One as a Brazilian driver.

Brazil has had three world champions, with Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Emerson Fittipaldi winning eight drivers' titles between them since 1972. Felipe Massa is the last Brazilian to win a grand prix, with Nasr's former Williams colleague last taking victory in his home race at Interlagos in 2008.

With Nasr moving from a reserve role at Williams to a race seat at Sauber in 2015, he acknowledges that just racing in F1 will not be deemed a success.

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"There's always going to be expectation for any Brazilian driver because we had a good history in the past," Nasr said. "Brazilians they expect Brazilian drivers to do well, but I have this in mind that to arrive in Formula One is one thing, the other one is to be successful. So you need to be at the right time in the right team and things have to come together so then you can fight to be successful.

"I feel confident in the team and I still have a lot to learn but I'm fully committed to do whatever it takes to one day become a successful driver."