As McLaren reserve, doesn't disappoint when his big Formula One opportunity arises at round two in Bahrain, scoring a point in his one-off outing in place of an injured Fernando Alonso. Then spends the season contesting Japan's highly competitive Super Formula, finishing fourth overall after two wins.
His GP2 momentum building, proves unstoppable, taking seven wins, 16 podiums, four pole positions and five fastest laps as he lands the series title in dominant fashion. Tests for McLaren in Austria and Abu Dhabi.
Signed by McLaren as their F1 reserve and combines his growing F1 duties with a maiden GP2 campaign with ART. After winning first time out - as he had done in Formula Renault 3.5 - ultimately finishes second to Jolyon Palmer after four victories and 10 podiums.
Steps up to the Formula Renault 3.5 series and finishes the year as vice-champion, with four wins, 10 podiums, three pole positions and two fastest laps. Joins the McLaren Young Driver Programme.
Wins the Formula Renault 2.0 Euro series with Josef Kaufmann Racing, after securing four wins, 11 podiums, six pole positions and three fastest laps, and takes a further five race victories in the 2.0 NEC competition.
Graduates to Formula Renault 2.0 and scores nine podiums and two pole positions in his first year.
After much success in national and international karting, moves up to single-seaters, winning the F4 Eurocup series at his first attempt, scoring six victories and wrapping up the title with two rounds in hand.