World Champion's Father Establishes GP Prep Drivers Academy
If you want to get behind the wheel of a formula racing car, there is no shortage of advanced driving schools that would be glad to give you the opportunity. But at the top of the totem pole sits the new GP Prep Drivers Academy.
The program is being established by Anthony Hamilton, who as manager and father of 2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, knows a thing or two about coaching aspiring drivers. The academy was born out of a need to provide new drivers with testing opportunities on their way up to Formula One, trying to get around the tight regulations that prohibit mid-season testing sessions.
Hamilton's in the process of leasing a fleet of retired 2009 F1 cars from various teams, starting with McLaren. The price for running one of GP Prep's test sessions, though, will reportedly approach the cost of campaigning a full grand prix weekend, which means millions of dollars for a bit of track time. Hey, nobody said F1 was cheap.