New Addition to McLaren’s Reserve Drivers
Hirakawa, a talented driver currently competing in both Super Formula and the World Endurance Championship as a Toyota driver, has been unveiled as the newest addition to McLaren’s pool of reserve drivers. The announcement was made during the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend.
McLaren revealed that Hirakawa, who emerged victorious at the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours, will be joining their simulator programme and will have the opportunity to drive their 2021 car, the MCL35M, as part of his new role with the team.
This move signifies McLaren’s appreciation for Hirakawa’s skills and experience, and reflects their confidence in his abilities to support the team both in the simulator and potentially in future Formula 1 events.
Hirakawa’s dedication to McLaren could lead to a difficult decision regarding Super Formula. As he becomes more involved with McLaren’s F1 activities, it remains to be seen whether he will continue to compete in Super Formula or focus solely on his McLaren duties.
Time will tell how Hirakawa’s journey progresses and how he adapts to his new role with McLaren. One thing is certain – his addition to the team’s roster of reserve drivers brings a fresh wave of talent and potential to the table.