Antinucci sets sights on Formula 1

Formula 3 driver Richard Antinucci believes that Formula 1 needs to have an American driver, and that he intends for it to be him

Antinucci sets sights on Formula 1

Speaking at the AUTOSPORT international show in Birmingham today (Friday), the Carlin F3 driver also said that he has to perform and challenge for the title in the series this year.

Talking about the US Grand Prix, Antinucci said: "It's very important to have an American driver racing at an American track, It's home-soil and the fans need someone to represent them in the race. The sooner it happens the better, and I hope I'm the one."

Antinucci is entering his second season of British F3, and is switching from Manor Motorsport to the Carlin team, which won the championship in 2001 with Takuma Sato. Although he is aware of the challenge ahead, the American is confident going into the season.

"F3 features the best drivers at my age range," he said. "They're the best of the best, and it's not going to be my nationality that gets me to where I'm going, it's going to be me being at the top ranks of where I'm racing.

"The timing is now. I'm with a top team, I have to do this. This will be my second year in F3, and this has to be it for me."

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