Turvey ready for young driver test at Jerez

Oliver Turvey during GP2 testing at Jerez in October

Oliver Turvey, the winner of the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award, will be given his prize drive in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car at this week’s winter test in Jerez, Spain.

The 22-year-old takes part in this week’s three-day Jerez test, which has been designated a ‘Young Driver’ event, meaning it is only open to drivers with limited Formula 1 race experience – and is the perfect opportunity for Oliver to learn the ropes in a more relaxed environment.

Oliver has already undergone a seat fitting at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. He has also been thoroughly prepared by the team’s engineers ahead of the test, which will take place in an MP4-24 – the car raced by Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in the 2009 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Oliver said: “I’ve gone over this moment so many times in my mind, so it’s very exciting to be getting this opportunity to test with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team at Jerez this week. My aim is to enjoy the experience, but also to learn as much as I can from it. If possible, I’d also like to be able to help the team with their preparations for the 2010 season.”

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh added: “We’re extremely proud of our commitment to young talent and the efforts we’ve made to ensure the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver winners are given the experience of a lifetime when they test with us.

“A drive in a race-wining Formula 1 car is every racing driver’s dream, and I’m sure Oliver will use this week’s test as the perfect opportunity to broaden his experience as he continues his successful single-seater career.”