Markus Winkelhock has admitted he still harbours desires of a Formula 1 seat despite now embarking on his second year of test driving for the Spyker F1 team.

Having joined what was the MF1 Racing team in 2006, Winkelhock was retained as their reserve driver for 2007, albeit alongside newcomers Fairuz Fauzy, Giedo van der Garde and Adrian Valles.

As such, together with drivers Adrian Sutil and Christijan Albers getting plenty of miles under their belt in testing thanks to the new rules that don't require the need for a third driver during race weekends, Winkelhock has been somewhat left on the sidelines in what is a crowded driver line-up this season.

Nonetheless, the German is remaining confident that he will see his loyalty rewarded in the end with an F1 race seat, particularly as he is thought to have turned down full-time drives in other series' to pursue his ultimate goal. Even so, he admits he is becoming increasingly frustrated to watch from the sidelines.

"The target is definitely to get a main seat in the team," he told Crash.net Radio. "Sometimes for a race driver it is disappointed for a race driver is to sit on the sidelines and watch the others driving but at the end of the day that is the job for me, so I have to accept it."

"I need to find some sponsorship, because that is the biggest problem in Formula 1. In a team like Spyker you won't be able to get in without a good sponsor, so I am trying to find a good partner to help me get a seat there next year.

Still, Winkelhock has confidence in Spyker too, the team having acquired Ferrari engines and the services of Mike Gascoyne this year. Indeed, although they remain comfortably at the back of the grid for the moment, he points out the margin to the front is coming down all the time.

"They are improving very well and the times are getting closer and closer. A few years ago Minardi were four or five seconds away from pole, and now the last team is just two seconds away. So everything is getting closer and Spyker are doing a great job when you consider how much money they have compared to the others."

 

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