Will Palmer completes McLaren Autosport BRDC Award prize F1 run

Reigning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Will Palmer completed his prize McLaren Formula 1 test at Silverstone on Wednesday

Will Palmer completes McLaren Autosport BRDC Award prize F1 run

The 19-year-old drove Jenson Button's 2011 Canadian Grand Prix-winning McLaren MP4-26 on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

Palmer completed a trio of five-lap runs on slick Pirelli show tyres, with 2016 Award finalists Ricky Collard, Sennan Fielding, Lando Norris and Toby Sowery - who will compete for this year's prize this week - watching on.

"The nerves were pretty high," Palmer told Autosport. "It was absolutely incredible, like nothing I've ever done before.

"The power, the brakes, the downforce - and just how together the car seemed. It's unbelievable how much of a step up it was.

"There was a bit of a worry over the weather and if the track would be fully dry but luckily it was and I thought I'd better make the most of it.

"A McLaren at Silverstone is an amazing combination.

"It will be a massive memory for the rest of my life."

McLaren simulator test engineer Alice Rowlands said Palmer should be "very happy" with his maiden run in a grand prix car.

"It's not easy," she said. "He doesn't know anyone and it's a step up from anything he's done before, working with this many engineers.

"Looking at the data it was clearly someone driving a Formula 1 car properly - not someone that was out for a little afternoon drive around."

Palmer is the brother of Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon and son of ex-grand prix driver-turned-circuit kingpin Jonathan.

His test echoed his father's first F1 run, which also came with McLaren at Silverstone as a prize for winning the 1981 British Formula 3 Championship.

Will graduated to the Formula Renault Eurocup category for 2016.

He claimed his first victory in the series in last weekend's Estoril season finale, and finished seventh in the points.

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