GP3 race winner Lewis Williamson tested for McLaren at Silverstone today as part of his prize for winning last year's McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award.
"It was ridiculous - lots of power and pretty mind boggling," he said of his first taste of F1. "But every time I went out in the car I felt happier - I'd edge a little more on the brakes and realise there was more to come.
"It felt quite slidey to begin with but the closer you get to the limit the less of that there is. You have to be super-smooth because the car's just so responsive."
Williamson's run came on the first day of testing for this year's McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award. This year's six finalists - Emil Bernstorff, Tom Blomqvist, Alex Lynn, Scott Malvern, Oliver Rowland and Dino Zamparelli are being assessed in six Formula 2 single seaters, Mercedes C-class DTM cars and McLaren MP4-12C GT3s.