Alice PowellCotswold racing driver, Alice Powell, arrived back from India on Wednesday (20th Feb) with Prime Minister David Cameron as part of a UK trade mission.

Alice, 20 flew out to India with the PM and more than 100 delegates to promote UK motorsport and she was the youngest person to take part in a UK trade mission.

Speaking after the trip, Alice said: “It’s really opened my eyes to new thinking and new ideas. It was a very busy few days and it was none stop for us delegates, but especially the PM.

“I was doing a lot of networking and promoting my current sponsors as well as Women in sport and British Motorsport.

Alice arrived in Mumbai on the morning of the 18th, before the Prime Minister addressed delegates with a welcome talk. She then visited Hindustan Unilever before a conference at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalays Museum, hosted by BP. On the evening of the 19th, she went to an early Queen’s birthday party at the British High Commission in New Delhi, with more than 2000 people attending, which included Mr Cameron. The BRDC Rising Star’s last visit was to the Golden Temple, before flying back to the UK on a chartered flight.

Alice was invited to India after having dinner with Mr Cameron last July. This led to further correspondence and the Prime Minister inviting her on this week’s trip.

“He’s been fantastic and very supportive of my racing. He is very keen to get a female into Formula One, which is one of the main reasons he invited me on the trip. Formula One is begging for a female driver.” she added.

Alice has nothing confirmed yet for 2013, and is still looking for business partners to be part of her journey to Formula One.