Formula Renault UK champion Dean Smith has won a Formula 1 test with McLaren after being named as the 21st winner of the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award.
Smith, who also gets £50,000, full membership of the BRDC, a TW Steel watch, and Puma racewear for a year, was revealed as the winner at the AUTOSPORT Awards in London on Sunday night.
He was presented with the Award by the last three British world champions - Jenson Button, on behalf of AUTOSPORT, Lewis Hamilton, on behalf of McLaren, and Damon Hill, on behalf of the BRDC.
Smith, who is the first previous nominee to win the award, said: "The first time I was here for this, I was so nervous and very disappointed I didn't get it.
"I've worked so hard this year and this is the culmination of everything. Next year I'm hoping to do GP3 and this will go some way to helping with the budget."
Smith, 21, beat fellow Formula Renault star James Calado, Star Mazda champion Adam Christodoulou, European F3 Open frontrunner Callum MacLeod, and British Formula Ford aces James Cole and Chrissy Palmer to the prize after a number of tests, including driving a Carlin F3 Dallara and Team RAC/WSR BMW at Silverstone.
Former recipients of the award include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, former grand prix winner David Coulthard and IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti.
This year's judging panel included 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill and former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winners Anthony Davidson and Jamie Green.
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