McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Tom Gamble got behind the wheel of a McLaren F1 car at Silverstone today, as part of his prize.
The 17-year-old, who won two BRDC British F3 races with Fortec in 2018 before winning one of the world’s most famous awards, completed four runs of flying laps on the Grand Prix circuit, at the wheel of the V8-powered MP4-28 from 2013, previously driven by Jenson Button.
Speaking to Autosport, he said: "It's such a good car. I knew it'd be fast, but I didn't think it would be that fast!
"Everything, the speed is phenomenal, the braking, the aerodynamics. It's awesome. I just want to keep going. It's so good, such a good car. A massive thanks to McLaren for giving me the opportunity.
"When I saw the [pit]-in board, I said, 'I might just keep going' - see what they say!"
Gamble prepared for the test with runs in the McLaren simulator and put in an impressive performance on track.
Mark Temple, who was a race engineer for Fernando Alonso, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton, handled Gamble's data for the test.
He said: "I was impressed with his approach. He showed firstly that he was able to adapt his own driving very well and think about what he was doing. He was able to respond to our advice - we'd show him some data and where changing an area of his driving would help him. He has that quick adaptation."
Gamble was watched by this year’s Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award finalists, all of whom have BRDC British F3 experience.
Enaam Ahmed, Jamie Chadwick, Johnathan Hoggard and Ayrton Simmons will take part in this year’s award assessments over two days at Silverstone this week, driving MSV F2, Ligier LMP3 and Garage 59-run Aston Martin Vantage GT3 cars.
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