Formula 1 Racing Team, McLaren signs 13-year-old Nigerian

Formula 1 racing team McLaren has signed Nigeria-born teenage racing sensation Ugo Ugochukwu to a long-term deal that would see the racing giants support his development through motorsport’s junior categories.

Although the  details of the deal are privy, the Surrey-based team would have the first option on Ugochukwu’s services in the future.

The deal was made public on McLaren’s website on Monday evening.

Disclosing why the team went after Ugochukwu, CEO Zak Brown said they have been watching the teenage sensation who is a Kart racing champion both in the USA and Europe.


“We’ve been watching Ugo’s progress with interest, so when the opportunity to sign an agreement with him became available, we had no hesitation moving on it. Now we’ll focus on giving Ugo the right support when he needs it to help him fulfil his potential,” Brown stated.

McLaren F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl also waxed lyrically about Ugochuckwu’s the New York-based athlete as the team announced the arrival of Ugo on their verified Twitter page. 

“Ugo is a promising young talent with strong development prospects. While he is still early in his career, it is clear he has the ingredients to be successful in the sport. This signing reflects our refocused approach to identifying and supporting new talent, away from a formal young driver programme to a more tailored basis.”

The 2020 FIA OKJ European Championship winner, Ugochukwu, who started racing in 2013 was elated about joining McLaren but added that he is focused on his development.

“I’m honoured to be signed by such an iconic team as McLaren Racing so early in my career. To have the support of McLaren is fantastic and what any young driver dreams of. I’m focused right now on developing as a driver and racer, so having McLaren by my side can only help me on and off the track,” he said.

Via Daily Trust

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