Young Driver Award-winner completes Red Bull test

Date published: October 21 2020

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Johnathan Hoggard, winner of the 2019 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, has completed a testing session with Red Bull.

Hoggard was given the chance to test the RB8 for the day at Silverstone as part of the award which he won after impressing in MSV Formula 2, Ligier LMP3 and Aston Martin GT3 machinery in 2019.

A cool £200,000 prize also came his way as part of the accomplishment.

The 19-year-old intitially ran on the wet-weather tyres at Silverstone, but after the rain stopped and the track dried he completed three runs on the dry tyres, as reported by Motorsport.com.

They add that Hoggard’s best time lap time was within 1.5 seconds of the fastest lap of the 2012 British Grand Prix, but Hoggard didn’t have use of the KERS system and was using Pirelli tyres.

“It’s a dream come true to drive an F1 car, especially around Silverstone GP,” Motorsport.com quote him as saying after the test.

“The main thing was how much power it had, especially on full throttle, and the downforce with the blown diffuser. You can get on the power and it really does stick. I was trying not to leave anything on the table. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I’d have regretted it if I’d have stayed in my comfort zone.

“It was a case of being confident and sensible, building up nicely. I want to go again.”

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Alex Albon’s Red Bull race engineer Simon Rennie was happy with what he saw from Hoggard.

“He did a good job,” he said.

“From seeing how well he performed at the Award tests last year and adapted to the three cars I expected him to do a good job and he carried that on. He got straight on with it, there were no scary moments and he progressed in each run.

“With the blown diffuser it’s a bit of a foreign thing for drivers – to believe that more throttle will mean the car is more stable – but any advice we gave he was acting on in the next run.”

Hoggard is yet to finalise his plans for 2021, but with experience of both single-seaters and sportscars, the 19-year-old likely won’t be short of options.

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