Prema Powerteam driver and reigning Italian F4 champion Ralf Aron says the goal for his 2016 European Formula 3 debut is to clinch the rookie title.
The 17-year-old Estonian will enter the series with two years of single-seater experience under his belt, one in Formula Renault 1.6 and one in Italian F4.
After finishing as runner-up in the 1.6 NEC series, Aron joined Prema in F4 and took the Italian championship title in dominant fashion, beating the field by more than 100 points.
He has now graduated to European F3 within the ranks of Prema, which has taken every drivers' and teams' title since the championship's re-launch in 2012.
"My objective is to win the rookie title and I believe it’s possible given that Prema is the best team in F3 and I feel very confident with them," Aron told Motorsport.com.
"Everyone is working hard to do the best job possible. When I did the first test I understood the car easily and I hope I can have a great season.
"I don’t feel much pressure. It will be my first year and I’m still young. I must be calm and try to always do my best. If we concentrate only on our work I’m certain the results will come."
Hopeful of long-term link
In addition, Aron is looking to continue with the Italian squad for the longer term, with Prema now having entered GP2 from 2016 onward.
"Certainly, if all goes well, my choice would be to continue [with Prema]," Aron continued. "It would be fantastic to do well in Formula 3 and then continue with the team in GP2.
"If Prema want to give me this opportunity I would be flattered. Anyway, I think that it’s too early to think about this considering my young age and lack of experience."
Aron is one of nine newcomers already signed up for European F3 in 2016, with his rivals in the rookie class including former teammate Guan Yu Zhou, SMP F4 champion Niko Kari and ADAC F4 graduates Joel Eriksson, David Beckmann and Harrison Newey.
Interview by Marco di Marco