Dan Ticktum has acknowledged that his dream of reaching Formula 1 is now no longer likely to happen, a few days after the British driver was released from the Williams junior programme.
Ticktum was dropped by Williams in the wake of a complaint from a member of the public, with the British driver then going on to make derisory comments about Nicholas Latifi's racing prowess on a live stream ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
Ticktum has since spoken about how he is hopeful of continuing in Formula 2, where he races in the support series with the Carlin team.
"I'm still in F2," Ticktum said on a live stream, where the 22 year old regularly plays computer games for viewers to watch along and chat with.
"It depends on what the sponsors want to do, depends on money, whether I continue this season.
"Because essentially, being a realist, which I am, I probably won't get to Formula 1 now. So, as a sponsor, where's the end goal?"
With Williams being his second chance after being dropped from the Red Bull junior programme in 2019, a visibly emotional Ticktum appeared to have realised the enormity of the events of the past week, admitting that he knew he hadn't always managed to keep a suitably low profile.
"It is political and money orientated," he said.
"I just needed to play the game more. And I struggled with it, I struggled to be normal. I'm just a bit of a character, unfortunately."
But he vowed that he has no intention of giving up on chasing after his dream, and is hopeful of using the rest of the Formula 2 season to attract attention and find opportunities for 2022.
"I'm not gonna give up. I'm sure I'll race in something. I'll cross that bridge when it gets to it. But I hope I can continue in F2. That's what I hope. I hope if I can finish the F2 season strongly, then it gives me a lot more options for next year. That's hopefully what I'm going to do."