The McLaren Autosport BRDC Award had not evolved into the competition it is today when it was first run in 1989. Winner David Coulthard didn't have to go head-to-head with his rivals during evaluation tests and was instead selected for his dominance of both the P&O Ferries and Dunlop/Autosport Formula Ford 1600 championships, but that year did set the two must important parts of the template. The Scot was a seriously talented young driver and, by winning the award, he was destined to have a Formula One test for McLaren.
He went on to become the first award winner to taste victory in a grand prix, taking a total of 13 wins in an F1 career that only came to an end - after 246 starts - in last month's Brazilian Grand Prix.
This is what Autosport magazine wrote about Coulthard at the time: