Every racing driver in the world, in any category, watches Formula 1 and thinks, "I wonder what the car that's winning the championship must be like to drive."
Drivers in IndyCar, NASCAR, sportscars, Formula E or even historic racing may be happy driving in whatever category they are in and may not yearn to be Formula 1 drivers, but there's no doubt that all of them would want to know just how good the best F1 car on the planet is. Recently NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon's face lit up as he spoke about the time he got to experience a Williams-BMW - and that was 16 years ago!
F1 has been the pinnacle of our sport now for 70 years and the fact that only a handful of drivers today get to race a top car capable of winning races makes for a lot of jealous racing drivers around the world. So you can understand my utter surprise when the phone rang to ask if I'd be up for driving a current 2019 Mercedes. My reaction, in total disbelief, went along the lines of: "What - a current car? You mean this year's car? Not some demo hack that's been put together to do donuts in?" Yep, amazingly Mercedes was offering me the opportunity to drive the very W10 that would be competing in the final races of the season.