The Philips/Williams F1 Driving Academy winner’s day in photos

By Andy Darley

CalendarMonday, November 9th, 2009


After months of preparation and anticipation, it came down to this: one powerful car, one iconic race track and one amateur driver about to go where millions of fans would give their eye teeth to follow.

Except, as this photo gallery shows, there was far more to it than just one man and one machine.

An online game of speed and reflexes, a track assessment day and a series of simulator tests had whittled down the thousands of entrants to one winner and, far from standing alone, he was backed up by a full team from driver coaches to PR handlers.

When Rob Tarlton hit the track in his Williams FW29, he had built up to that moment in a Silverstone Lotus Exige and in a Raikkonen Robertson Racing F3 car.

He’d taken advice from F1 driver Kazuki Nakajima and Superleague pilot Jonathan Kennard.

And, for that morning, he’d been equipped, promoted, managed, interviewed, advised, briefed, debriefed, led around and followed about exactly as if he was the real deal and not a one-shot guest.

Here’s how it looked from the pitlane:

4 responses to “The Philips/Williams F1 Driving Academy winner’s day in photos”:

  1. Uwe Meyer Says:

    November 10th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Where can I see the top ten qualifying times?
    Would like to see, where I have been.


  2. Andy Says:

    November 10th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Not sure Philips ever released them, I’m afraid. We’ll post them if we get them, though.

  3. Nobody Says:

    November 10th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Nowhere! Have not been released. What is your time?

  4. Fra Says:

    November 29th, 2009 at 9:40 pm


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