Jessica Hawkins completes Formula 1 test with Aston Martin
Former TCR UK driver Jessica Hawkins completed a first Formula 1 test for Aston Martin at the Hungaroring last week.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone at AMF1 Team for having the trust in me, believing in me, and for giving me this opportunity,” said Hawkins.
“It’s taken me every bit of blood, sweat and tears to get here. When I first heard it might be a possibility, I could hardly believe it.”
The 28-year-old, who finished 14th in the 2022 TCR UK season for Area Motorsport with one victory, completed a total of 26 laps.
“I’ve had to keep it secret for months now – which was pretty hard! It’s been absolutely worth it and it’s given me really valuable insight,” said Hawkins.
“Nothing will compare to the acceleration and braking of a Formula 1 car and, having looked at the data, I’m really proud of my performance. Getting to drive the AMR21 has been a dream come true for me and one I’ve been ready to fulfill for a long time.
“I’ll keep pushing for more and, in the process, I want to inspire other women and let them know they should follow their dream no matter what it is.”
Hawkins joined the Aston Martin Formula 1 team as driver ambassador in 2021 and has completed a comprehensive simulator programme prior to the test.
“This is a special moment – for both AMF1 Team and for Jessica, who is an important member of our driver squad. We were really impressed by Jessica’s preparation for the test – she worked incredibly hard with our simulator team and that made it an easy decision to put her in the AMR21,” said Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack.
“Jessica approached the opportunity with great maturity; she was up to speed quickly and found a nice rhythm. This has been a hugely significant moment in Jessica’s journey with AMF1 Team and I am pleased we could give her this next step in her development journey by testing a modern Formula 1 car.”