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McLaren Sign 14 Year Old Kart Racer

McLaren have signed a 14 year old racing driver onto their young driver programme.

Nyck de Vries is currently racing in go-karting, a level where almost all racing drivers start at before moving on into their chosen path of racing.  He will be on the McLaren youth driving programme, and will be managed by Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony.

Lewis himself was signed onto a McLaren programme early in his career, and de Vries will be hoping for similar success to Hamilton, who was the 2008 World Champion in F1.

“McLaren has a long-held commitment to assisting young talent – we believe it’s part of the responsibility of the motor racing community to encourage and nurture junior racers, and we are committed to doing just that,” said team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

“Nyck appears to be a very exciting prospect, and we are looking forward to assisting his junior career, providing him with the support and training he requires to succeed.”

De Vries added: “My visit to the McLaren Technology Centre has been a fantastic experience and I am very honoured and grateful for the support of McLaren in helping to develop my career.

“The resources they have are incredible, and I believe they’ll be able to provide me with the perfect framework for improving my skills, my fitness and my motorsport experience.”

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