It's late in the year, on a chilly day at Silverstone. Palmer straps himself into the McLaren and a grin spreads across his face, the smile beaming out from behind his visor. This really is one hell of a prize. He fires up the engine and, for the first time, drives out in a Formula 1 car.
When everything's finished, McLaren expresses a great deal of satisfaction. "Quicker than we expected and no mistakes at all," is the word from the team.
"It's such a genuinely excitedly and exhilarating experience to be able to do it, particularly in a car like a McLaren," says Jonathan.