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McLaren sign young karter Nyck de Vries 21 Jan 2010

Nyck De Vries (NDL) CIK FIA European KF3 Karting Championship, 2009. Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer with Anthony Hamilton (GBR).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Saturday, 14 April 2007 Nyck De Vries (NDL) CIK FIA European KF3 Karting Championship, 2009.

McLaren announced on Thursday that they have signed Dutch karting star Nyck de Vries to their young driver development programme. Fourteen year-old De Vries will be managed by Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony, and the Hamilton Management Group as he makes his way through motorsport’s junior ranks.

“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 principal 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.”

Commenting on the signing, Anthony Hamilton said: “Nyck is an extremely promising youngster. His father Hendrik has been fantastically supportive of Nyck’s career, and has been instrumental in raising him up to not just be a great young racing driver, but also a fine young man. Together, we both believe that, with the right level of support, we can take his career to the highest level.

“We’ll be working very closely with Dino Chiesa, who will be running Nyck in Italy this year. Dino is an old friend, who previously ran Lewis and Nico (Rosberg) in Team MBM, so he knows everything about nurturing and developing young talent. We believe this is a very exciting and dynamic partnership.”

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.”

McLaren will reveal further details about their young driver programme next month.