Pierre Gasly believes he has to improve on his consistency if he is to make that next step forward, pointing to Lewis Hamilton as an example of a driver that always delivers.
The Frenchman has found a home at AlphaTauri following a tumultuous time with Red Bull back in 2019, taking his first career win with the Italian outfit in stunning fashion at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. Gasly knows more is needed if he is to push for top honours, and pointed to Hamilton's consistency as a trait that is needed to fight at the front of the grid.
"What makes the difference with Lewis for example is consistency," Gasly told RacingNews365.com. "I think Lewis is obviously very fast on one lap but what makes him excellent is that he's just there on every occasion, even when things go wrong.
"He always manages to save a couple of points from every occasion, just the management in general and being able to be 100 percent on all occasions. It's a sport where we don't practice - football, basketball they practice every single day. For us we practice once every two weeks when it is the race weekend.
"We don't get in the car in between and obviously the more races you have under your belt the stronger you are and the more experience you get. I believe it makes you a more complete driver."
While Gasly knows he still has room to grow in Formula 1, he believes he's shown in other categories that he has what it takes to fight for the championship.
"I really believe that I have the experience, the speed and the ability to fight for a championship," Gasly added. "I've done it in the past, obviously F1 is different with stronger drivers, but I have won championships compared to other drivers that didn't in single-seaters.
"I know what it takes, I know what it requires and I know that if I am in a car that will be in a position to fight for wins every weekend that I'd be able to do it.
"Obviously, experience plays quite a big role in the sport and I can still develop and get better. There are many areas where I can get stronger but I know I have the abilities, and I am putting in the effort and the work that is required to be on top."