Formula One drive is up for grabs
PUBLISHED: 17:28 05 October 2010
WALDEN race ace Tom Blomqvist has become the youngest ever driver to be shortlisted for the McLaren Autosport British Racing Driver Championship Award.
If he wins, the Formula Renault UK Championship rookie will secure a test drive in Formula One with the Button and Hamilton-led Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.
The BRDC award is seen as the most coveted prize in junior motorsport and the 16-year-old is eager to get his hands on it and with it a £50,000 BRDC membership
“It is a huge honour to be shortlisted for this prestigious award, the list of previous winners speaks for itself,” he said. “This year has already been a great year for me, where I have learnt a lot both on, and off, the track.”
Despite it being his debut year in Formula Renault, Blomqvist is in a five-way fight for the drivers’ championship, where he has consistently beaten older, more experienced rivals.
He has put together an impressive second half of the season which has seen him visit the podium 10 times in the last 14 races – three as a winner.
He is focused on claiming the title at Brands Hatch this weekend and added: “I will be going to Brands Hatch with one goal – to secure the drivers’ title.”
Blomqvist will join five other racers for a demanding assessment at Silverstone next month as an expert judging panel will assess his credentials.
Previous winners include F1 World Champion Jenson Button and F1 race winner David Coulthard. Almost every winner has gone onto have a career as a professional driver.