Aston Martin has been confirmed as the new official partner of the Autosport BRDC Award, which will now feature a £200,000 prize fund and a test in a Red Bull F1 car for the winning driver.
Under its previous guise as the McLaren Autosport Award, BRDC British F3 (previously BRDC F4) contenders have enjoyed much success, with George Russell and Will Palmer, and then Lando Norris and most recently Tom Gamble securing one of motorsport’s biggest prizes.
McLaren’s long association with the award ended at the start of the year, with Aston Martin agreeing a long-term agreement to create the newly-named prize, that will also see the winner take to the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage GTE World Endurance car.
The format of the award trials will remain unchanged, with the award finalists being assessed on fitness and in the simulator at Red Bull Racing’s F1 headquarters before a two-day on track shootout at Silverstone, in front of a panel of judges.
Aston Martin Lagonda president and Group CEO Andy Palmer said: "I have always believed it a critical necessity to develop young talent across the automotive spectrum, whether that be in design, engineering or driving.
"This important new partnership represents the very best opportunity to play a significant role in the development of the next generation of British world champions.
"The Award's roll of honour speaks for itself and we at Aston Martin, along with our partners at Red Bull Racing, Autosport and the BRDC, look forward to developing this programme in to the most exciting opportunity for rising talent in world motorsport."
Christian Horner, team principal of the Red Bull F1 team that has a technical partnership with Aston Martin, said: "We are pleased to lend our support to Aston Martin's drive to discover motor racing's future stars and this programme represents a golden opportunity for young drivers to further their career at the highest levels.
"Red Bull has a long and successful history of nurturing young racing talent through its Junior Team and so we look forward to supporting Aston Martin in its quest to find the champions of tomorrow."
This year’s winner will again be revealed at the Autosport Awards in London in December.
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