Hoggard tests Red Bull F1 car at Silverstone

In the round-up: BRDC Young Driver award winner Johnathan Hoggard has completed a day of testing in a 2012 Red Bull Formula 1 car, as part of his prize.

Hoggard has first F1 test at Silverstone

Hoggard won the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver award last year, after competing against Enaam Ahmed, Jamie Chadwick and Ayrton Simmons in a two-day assessment at Silverstone in an Aston Martin GT car. His prize included the Red Bull test day, a further test in Aston Martin’s WEC GT car and £200,000.

Hoggard, 19, competed in British F3 last season, finishing second to Clement Novalak. He said he had a “massive smile” on his face while driving the Red Bull car. “I tried to block out a lot of the emotion and I focused on the apexes and the braking zones,” said Hoggard. “In some ways it actually felt a lot like a normal test day in F3, but you are going a lot faster and you have a massive smile on your face while you are doing it.

“When you start karting, F1 is your dream, but you never know whether you’ll get the chance to drive one of these cars.”

Mixed conditions meant Hoggard drove 21 laps during the afternoon, after the track had dried.

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