Young Driver Programme
The McLaren team is hugely proud of its reputation for helping to develop the careers of young racing drivers.
McLaren Group was been heavily involved in the foundation, funding and running of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award for 30 years. The celebrated British scheme helped develop the careers of junior racers, since its inception back in 1989. Past winners of the award include 2009 world champion Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard.
McLaren engineers have also quietly fostered the careers of a number of junior racers, providing feedback, assessment and training to help develop their skills. The most notable success in this area has been Lewis Hamilton, whom McLaren helped develop from a 13-year-old kart racer into a Formula 1 world champion.
The team’s considerable experience in driver development has shown that succeeding at the very highest level of motorsport is incredibly difficult – and that even the greatest of potential talents requires more than just financial backing in order to achieve the greatest success.