British youngster Oliver Turvey insists he hasn't given up hope of making it onto the F1 grid in future despite his continued struggles to find the funding needed to contest the upcoming GP2 season.
Turvey, who is part of McLaren's Driver Development programme, is facing the prospect of missing the new GP2 season due to funding issues after his time on the Racing Steps Foundation programme came to an end after three years.
While he will contest the delayed final round of the GP2 Asia series at Imola this weekend with Ocean Racing Technology, Turvey has yet to sign a deal to take part in the main championship although he insists he will continue to work hard to find the money needed.
“I still believe in myself and my ability and I still believe that I can reach F1 and become world champion,” he told the News and Star
“The best drivers are the ones who have to fight for it. I've had to fight right throughout my career for funding - and I'm going to have to fight even more now.
“It is extremely frustrating but I'm going to have to keep pushing and keep fighting to raise the budget. There are also a few other options outside of GP2, but we're just talking at this stage.
“Nearly every GP2 team wanted me to drive for them and I felt I could have been a championship contender, but if you can't bring the budget, you can't race. That is the way motor-racing is. It is a very expensive industry.”
Turvey added that a strong weekend at Imola, which hosts the event that was cancelled due to political unrest in Bahrain, was vital as he seeks to show what he is capable of.
“This is an important weekend for me as it's my final one and I'm determined to make the most of it,” he said. “It would have been better if I had been able to race over the other weekends, but I think in the circumstances the organisers made the right decision to cancel the events.”