ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's youngest ever Formula 1 car race driver Ahmed Yastoor Mirza has aimed at raising the country’s flag high by registering victories for it next year or early 2016, if provided with sponsorship.

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, Ahmed said: “I am FIA International license C holder and also eligible for license B. I started to take keen interest in car racing since childhood, as I love adventure sports and started practical racing at the age of 17 in 2006 with Go Karting race in Britain and drove numerous Formula cars in Europe and Middle East besides in Pakistan as well.”

“I participated in the 2011 Formula BMW Copa Open Series in Spain and took first position in the very first competitive action of my life. I also took part in Formula Gulf 1000, a total of four races, and finished once on podium as I earned the third position once in Dubai in 2013. I also partook in All-Pakistan Pak Wheel Grand Prix in 2013 held in Islamabad and took first position in four-hour endurance race and also won the 2F Karting Grand Prix held same year in Islamabad.

“Then again appeared in All-Pakistan Air Blue Karting Grand Prix in 2014 and took first position in Islamabad in two-hour endurance race, and then featured in Sodi World Series in Dubai in 2014 and finished 12th among 30 participants, then again took part in the Sodi World Series race held in Islamabad and beg third position among top racers,” he added.

“I am planning to take part in Formula III in 2015 and Europe in 2016 and 2017. I am the youngest ever Pakistani to achieve this distinction and that too at very early age, as I am just 25 and can reach top of the racing world, set new records and take my country's name higher in Formula racing,” he claimed.

“So far whatever records and achievements I had made, all because of my parents without any major sponsorship. I am also planning to test drive GP II and then ultimate goal of test-driving Formula-I in 2017. No Pakistani driver had achieved what I managed so far, but now I have set my sights on the biggest stage. I need sponsors to fulfill my ambitions of earning laurels for the country at international level. If government or someone from private sector lends a helping hand to me, I will not disappoint them,” he urged.

“I also request Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to look into my case and order Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) minister and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to take good care of me. I hope my request will not fall on deaf ears and help will soon,” Ahmed concluded.