Enaam Ahmed is among the four shortlisted drivers for this year’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and is probably the favourite in a shortlist of high quality drivers.
The prestigious award has been won by the likes of Jenson Button, Lando Norris, Anthony Davidson and David Coulthard. The shortlisted drivers go through a fitness and simulator programme before running a two day test organised by Mclaren. A panel led by former F1 driver Derick Warwick wil then decide who wins the award. The winner, who will be announced at the Autosport Awards on December 3, will be offered a McLaren simulator role for 2018, and receive a test in a Formula 1 car. So who are the finalists?
Ahmed has got to be favourite for this years award, after a crushingly dominant season in BRDC F3. Ahmed’s career in cars started with a season in MSA Formula, and a dominant second season in BRDC F3 has really put him on the map. He will step up to Euro F3 next year, likely with Carlin, and he will probably one of the favourites for rookie champion.
“The Award is something I had in my mind all season. I first went to the Autosport Awards when I was a nine-year-old karter with Martin Hines and the Award is something I’ve wanted to be involved in my entire life.
“I’m really looking forward to getting into the DTM car, which will probably be the most different to what I am used to and I think is a bit special.”
This year, Fewtrell has certainly proved himself to be one of the star drivers in Formula Renault 2.0 this year. He is sixth in the championship, which is impressive for a rookie, and he leads the rookie standings overall. This is a year after he was crowned British F4 champion after a consistent, albeit not spectacular, run. This year he has proved he really does have talent, so his nomination for the series is not entirely surprising. He could be a dark horse.
Scott’s inclusion will come as a surprise to some. Indeed, it may be surprising that any driver who competes in Euroformula Open is considered, even if he has utterly dominated. This year’s grid is nowhere near as strong as last year’s grid which inlcuded the likes of Leo Pulcini and Ferdinand Habsburg, and Scott is three years older than his closest rival. His experience will really help him this year. as driving DTM and F2 cars will not be so daunting. And Scott has previously been a nominee for this award as well. Watch out for him.
Ticktum is 18, but his career has been tumultuous. The Londoner was a frontrunner in MSA Formula in 2015 when he was slapped with a two year ban after causing a ‘disturbing’ incident. On appeal the ban was reduced to a year, and Red Bull signed Ticktum up in 2017, racing the now 18-year old in Formula Renault Eurocup. He is currently in 7th place, and the second best rookie. Red Bull were so impressed that he was moved up to GP3 for the last three rounds, and he was running in 5th place at his only outing in GP3 thus far in Monza when he was involved in an incident and picked up a puncture.