DEREK WARWICK ON MCLAREN’S CONTRIBUTION
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”