DEREK WAR­WICK ON MCLAREN’S CON­TRI­BU­TION

Autosport (UK) - - MCLAREN AUTOSPORT AWARD - DEREK WAR­WICK, CHAIR­MAN OF THE JUDGES

One of the big­gest strengths of the Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award has been the con­tin­ued sup­port from so many peo­ple. None more so than Mclaren, which has been a very spe­cial part­ner at the heart of the Award and helped give it mas­sive cred­i­bil­ity. Be­ing able to use the Mclaren Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre gives ev­ery­one such a boost – you can see it in the fi­nal­ists when they ar­rive and take in the amaz­ing his­tory that Mclaren has, with the dis­play of world cham­pi­onship cars and tro­phies.

Mclaren has also or­gan­ised the fit­ness and sim­u­la­tor test­ing in some years, along with all the data anal­y­sis to help the judges find the win­ner ev­ery year.

The big­gest part of win­ning the Award is get­ting to drive a For­mula 1 car for the first time. Watch­ing the pre­vi­ous year’s win­ner step into the Mclaren F1 car, with the fol­low­ing year’s fi­nal­ists and their own fam­ily look­ing on, has been one of the high­lights of the year for me. Mclaren’s com­mit­ment to find the next Bri­tish star has been mas­sive and with­out them the Award would not be what it is to­day.

I be­lieve the Award has be­come one of the most pres­ti­gious and im­por­tant in Bri­tish mo­tor­sport. It has helped so many young driv­ers achieve their dream to be­come a pro­fes­sional rac­ing driver.

“MCLAREN HAS BEEN A VERY SPE­CIAL PART­NER AT THE HEART OF THE AWARD AND HAS HELPED GIVE IT MAS­SIVE CRED­I­BIL­ITY”

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