McLaren Signs Development Driver Bustamante for 2024 F1 Academy
Bustamante, a rising star in the racing world, is set to make waves in the Formula 1 (F1) scene as she joins McLaren’s driver development programme. The 18-year-old from the Philippines will also compete in F1’s female-only feeder series with a McLaren livery on a car run by renowned team ART Grand Prix.
A Historic Move
This partnership marks a significant milestone for both Bustamante and McLaren. She becomes the first driver ever designated by an F1 team to participate in the championship. All 10 teams have agreed to nominate one driver each to run in their respective team colors, highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in motorsport.
An Exciting Opportunity
Bustamante expressed her excitement about this unique opportunity, stating, “This is such an incredible moment for me. To be chosen by McLaren and ART Grand Prix is a dream come true. I am honored and grateful for the chance to represent these prestigious teams and showcase my skills in the F1 Academy.”
The McLaren Connection
By joining McLaren’s driver development programme, Bustamante gains access to invaluable resources and expertise that will aid in her development as a professional racing driver. She will have the opportunity to work closely with McLaren’s engineering and performance specialists, allowing her to sharpen her skills both on and off the track.
A Collaborative Effort
The partnership between McLaren and ART Grand Prix highlights the collaborative nature of the motorsport industry. With two highly respected teams joining forces, Bustamante is well-positioned to benefit from their combined knowledge and experience. This synergy is expected to propel her career forward and open doors to exciting opportunities in the future.
Bustamante’s inclusion in the 2024 championship signifies a step forward for female representation in F1 and serves as an inspiration for aspiring young drivers around the world. As she takes on the challenge of competing in F1’s female-only feeder series, all eyes will be on her remarkable journey and the impact she can make on the sport.