GP3 race winner Lewis Williamson tested for McLaren at Silverstone today as part of his prize for winning last year's McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award.
The 21-year-old Scot completed 15 laps of the grand prix circuit in damp conditions aboard the same MP4-23A chassis that Lewis Hamilton used to win the 2008 British Grand Prix.
"It was ridiculous – lots of power and pretty mind-boggling," he said of his first taste of F1. "But every time I went out in the car I felt happier – I'd edge a little more on the brakes and realize there was more to come.
"It felt quite slidey to begin with but the closer you get to the limit the less of that there is. You have to be super-smooth because the car's just so responsive."
Williamson's run came on the first day of testing for this year's McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award. This year's six finalists – Emil Bernstorff, Tom Blomqvist, Alex Lynn, Scott Malvern, Oliver Rowland and Dino Zamparelli – are being assessed in six Formula 2 single-seaters, Mercedes C-class DTM cars and McLaren MP4-12C GT3s.