Paul di Resta was nominated as a finalist for the 2004 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award as an 18-year-old following his second season of Formula Renault, in which he'd finished third in standings behind champion Mike Conway and runner-up Westley Barber. He won four of the last eight races of the year, carried that momentum into the evaluation, and was named the 16th winner of the Award.
This is what Autosport magazine wrote about him at the time
Paul di Resta can have enjoyed few better weeks in his lifetime. Fresh from signing a Mercedes contract to step up to the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport next season, the Formula Renault UK front runner was unveiled as the 16th winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.