Stefan Wilson had his first experience in an F1 car today when he tested a McLaren on Silverstone's National Circuit, as part of his prize for winning the 2007 McLaren AUTOSPORT
BRDC Award. The 20-year-old completed 20 laps in an MP4-23 and, while wet conditions made it difficult for him to fully explore the car's potential, Wilson nevertheless came away pleased with his morning's work.
"That was pretty cool!" he said. "It's a huge thing to get the chance to drive an F1 car, and I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to do it.
"The conditions were probably the worst they could possibly have been for me, but you've got to play the hand you're dealt. I really enjoyed it, and I'm really pleased to be able to say that I've tested an F1 car. I hope that one day I can try one in the dry."
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his brother Justin toward a career in Indy car racing, the younger Wilson will now direct his attention toward trying to secure a Firestone Indy Lights Championship drive for 2010, after testing with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway last month.