McLaren Young Driver Programme

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The McLaren Young Driver Programme, formerly known as McLaren Driver Development Programme, McLaren Mercedes Young Driver Support Programme, and McLaren Honda Young Driver Programme, is a driver development program operated by McLaren. It has been designed to offer year-by-year guidance, assistance and endorsement to help promising young racers to climb the motorsport ladder.

The highlight of the programme is Lewis Hamilton, who was part of the programme since his karting days and graduated to the McLaren F1 team and has subsequently won the Formula One drivers’ championship 6 times between 2008 and 2019.

Drivers[edit]

Current[edit]

None as of September 2020.

Former[edit]

Driver Years Series competed F1 team(s)
United Kingdom Wesley Graves 1998 Karting (1998) None
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1998–2006 Karting (1998–2001)
British Formula Renault Championship (20022003)
Formula 3 Euro Series (20042005)
GP2 Series (2006)
McLaren (2007–2012)
Mercedes (2013–)
China Cheng Congfu 2003–2006 British Formula Renault Championship (2003–2006) None
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 2006–2010 Formula 3 Euro Series (2006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20072008)
GP2 Series (20092010)
Caterham (2013)
United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 2007–2010 Karting (2007–2010) None
Thailand Alexander Albon 2010 Karting (2010) Toro Rosso (2019)
Red Bull Racing (2019–)
United Kingdom Jack Harvey 2010 Formula BMW Europe (2010) None
Finland Petri Suvanto[1] 2010 Formula BMW Europe (2010) None
United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 2010–2011 GP2 Series (20102011) None
Denmark Kevin Magnussen 2010–2013 German Formula Three Championship (2010)
British Formula 3 International Series (2011)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20122013)
McLaren (2014–2015)
Renault (2016)
Haas (2017–)
United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat 2010–2015 Karting (2010–2013)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2014)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20142015)
None
Netherlands Nyck de Vries 2010–2018 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20122014)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (20132014)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2015)
GP3 Series (2016)
Formula 2 (20172018)
None
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist[2] 2012 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2012) None
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 2013–2016 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2013)
GP2 Series (20142015)
McLaren (2017–2018)
Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 2015–2017 GP2 Series (20152016)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (2017)
None
United Kingdom Lando Norris 2017–2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2017)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (2018)
McLaren (2019–)
Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship (2019) None
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McLaren tukee suomalaislupausta". sportti.com. 19 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Stig's son joins McLaren". The Telegraph. 26 Feb 2012.

External links[edit]