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Prema Racing F2 outfit open to F1 entry

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Leading FIA Formula 2 Championship team Prema Racing would consider stepping up to F1 the day the sport allows customer cars.

The Italian squad currently fields cars in F4, European F3 and F2, and serves as the Scuderia's de facto breeding stable with five of its young talents currently affiliated with Ferrari's Young Driver Academy.

Team boss Rene Rosin would contemplate a potential involvement in Grand Prix racing if the rules would allow a single customer-car entry.

"Formula 1 is a dream for every team; not only for drivers, but also for engineers," Rosin told Motorsport.com.

"Of course I know that it’s a dream, and it would be really difficult to obtain it.

"There needs to be a lot of changes in the structures of motorsport to do something to arrive at that point.

"It depends on how everything is organised, and in the case of a customer car I think it’s possible to be organised.

"But of course with the situation as it is today, no – it’s something that needs to be planned, needs to be agreed and needs to be developed, also in terms of regulations."

Prema's Charles Leclerc currently leads the 2017 Formula 2 campaign with a comfortable advantage.

Such has been the 19-year-old's dominance that everyone, including Rosin, have called for his graduation to F1 next year, although Sauber - Ferrari's engine partner - appears as the only viable option.

"I think that they have to put him in the [F1] car," says Rosin.

"Otherwise what’s the sense of the junior formulas? What’s the sense of Formula 1 either if we are not able to promote the best drivers to the field?"