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Hoggard delighted after taking part in Red Bull testing

Johnathan Hoggard has completed his first Formula One test as part of his prize for winning the 2019 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

The Weston Hills driver completed the testing at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in one of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB8’s, which won the F1 constructors’ title and drivers’ crown with Sebastian Vettel in 2012.

The 19-year-old began by completing an installation run on wet tyres, and then waited for the weather to improve before goingout and doing three dry runs, each on the new slick rubber.

He improved on each lap, seemingly getting used to the circuit, and finished only 1.5 seconds off the best lap time of the 2012 British Grand Prix, albeit on different Pirelli rubber and without the RB8’s KERS.

Hoggard was ecstatic with the chance to drive and said: “It’s a dream come true to drive an F1 car, especially around Silverstone.

“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.”

Red Bull’s Simon Rennie, who ran the test, was happy with Hoggard’s progression saying: “He did a good job. 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.”

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