Turvey to test for McLaren at Jerez

Oliver Turvey, driving the Team Loctite Renault World Series car

Oliver Turvey, driving the Team Loctite Renault World Series car

Oliver Turvey will make his Formula 1 testing debut with McLaren, in Jerez in Spain this week.

Turvey has been handed the testing role as part of his prize for winning the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award. He says that he cannot wait to get out on track:

“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.”

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “We’re extremely proud of our commitment to young talent and the efforts we’ve made to ensure the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award 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.”

Turvey will drive McLaren’s MP4-24 as part of the winter testing schedule, alongside Gary Paffett.

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