A first GP3 series podium at the British Grand Prix has whetted Matt Parry’s appetite to fulfil his ultimate dream of racing in Formula One.
Having secured his first points of the season with a seventh place finish last time out in Austria, the former County Upper School pupil further built on momentum to seal a third and fifth place finish for the Koiranen GP team and kickstart his campaign.
And having had the opportunity to step out onto Silverstone’s main podium in front of a home crowd prior to Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Sunday’s showpiece race, the memorable occasion has further fuelled the Welshman’s F1 ambitions.
“It is fantastic just to be part of the whole weekend and to be on the podium was truly amazing,” said Parry who last graced the hallowed tarmac at the wheel of an F1 McLaren at the end of 2014 as reward for being named the 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner.
“To get a first podium in GP3 in only my third race and in a home Grand Prix at Silverstone in front of all the supporters was a fantastic achievement.
“I came here confident with it being my home Grand Prix because I have driven a lot of laps at Silverstone and knew the track.
“I love being home and so I was really relaxed knowing we had a strong car and was really confident of doing well.
“Waving to the fans and seeing all that support from the podium was incredible and it is great to just be here.
“Spraying the champagne was brilliant and just to stand on the podium where past greats have been was an amazing experience.
“Being on that Formula One podium has definitely whetted my appetite to be there again in the future as an F1 driver.
“Now I have that hunger to keep progressing and I want to be on that top step of the podium with the British national anthem playing, that is the dream.
However, before having a realistic opportunity to compete alongside the likes of World Champion Hamilton, Parry is aware he needs to continue his steady progression through the racing ranks as he aims to build on the momentum of a memorable weekend when the series resumes at the Hungaroring in Budapest over the weekend of July 24-26.
“This year the aim has always been to finish in the top three in the standings,” he added.
“I will go to Budapest with high hopes, wanting to build on a fantastic weekend here.
“Hopefully I can build on that momentum throughout this year and then next year hopefully I can make the natural progression into GP2.
“That is where I want to be and I’m looking forward to the future.”