Silverstone: Armaan Ebrahim, the 21-year-old from Chennai is all set for the opening round of the fresh Formula 2 season of the 2011 Championship.

Armaan was on pace at the two test pre-season sessions at Silverstone and Snetterton, clocking top-10 timings.

Having finished 10th in the championship last year that he ended with a podium position at Valencia, Spain, Armaan is hoping to win the title in the eight-round series comprising 16 races.

The opening two rounds are scheduled to be held here April 16 and 17, preceded by two free practice sessions Friday.

"I always set high targets for myself, and this year it is to win as many races possible and be in the top four in every race which hopefully ends with the championship or at least the top three," he said.

Looking ahead to this weekend's races, Armaan said that a strong qualifying session would be critical to his chances.

"Qualifying is very important and that will be my main focus to get the best out of the new tyres and use the boost in Q2 to full affect," he said.

On the two pre-season test sessions, Armaan said: "I got back to speed straight away at Silverstone. We tried different setups in the second test at Snetterton. The car is basically the same as last year with a few changes to improve reliability.

"Overall, the pre-season tests were positive and I am really looking forward to the weekend because we ended quite well and have a plan on what we want to try during free practice on Friday."

The added incentive for the top finishers this season is that the 2011 championship winner receives a test drive with the Williams Formula 1 team while the second and third place finishers will be eligible for a GP2 test.

Armaan faces a tough challenge as the grid is expected to be very competitive since many of the drivers are repeating the championship.

"We have got a strong grid this year with a lot of guys repeating as well. But my aim is to keep working hard and to be in front every time I go out," Armaan said.

Six of the eight venues for the 2011 championship are current Formula 1 circuits with four of them - Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Nurburgring (Germany), Barcelona (Spain) and Red Bull Ring (Austria) - added to Silverstone (UK) and Monza (Italy) this year.

"I am very comfortable with the car, but not all circuits are the same as last year. Four are new, but they are all legendary tracks and are part of the Formula 1 calendar," Armaan said.

(Agencies)