Bustamante will sport a McLaren livery in F1’s female-only feeder sequence on a automotive run by French powerhouse ART Grand Prix, whereas additionally being added to its driver improvement programme.
The 18-year-old from the Philippines is the primary driver designated by an F1 workforce to compete within the 2024 championship, with all 10 groups agreeing to appoint one driver every to run within the groups’ colors.
“That is such an unreal second in my profession, to signal with McLaren and ART Grand Prix is approach past something I might’ve ever imagined rising up racing karts within the Philippines,” mentioned Bustamante.
“I nonetheless have a tough time seeing my title subsequent to McLaren with out getting emotional, because the historical past and heritage linked to this workforce leaves me actually speechless.
“I’m so grateful for this chance as I consider I now have the very best improvement construction round me to take the following step up in my profession.”
Bustamante is at present seventh within the F1 Academy standings because the sequence heads to its conclusion this weekend in Austin, having taken her first win in Monza.
She beforehand raced within the W Sequence’ ultimate, curtailed 2022 season, scoring a highest end of ninth in Miami, following stints in each the Italian and UAE Formulation 4 sequence.
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“I’m happy that Bianca is becoming a member of our Driver Growth programme,” mentioned McLaren Driver Growth director Emanuele Pirro, a former F1 racer and five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner.
“She’s a promising younger expertise who has a superb work ethic and is aligned carefully to our workforce’s values. I stay up for working with Bianca on her improvement as a racing driver.
“We’re additionally excited for Bianca to be representing the workforce within the F1 Academy sequence and we stay up for seeing her race in papaya in 2024.”
Group principal Andrea Stella added: “The workforce are delighted for Bianca to hitch us, and for McLaren to be concerned in F1 Academy.
“It’s a core precept of ours to be a various and inclusive workforce, so we’re happy to be so concerned in Formulation 1’s work on the necessary matter of bettering gender range inside motorsport.”
F1 Academy’s season finale on the Circuit of the Americas would be the first to run throughout a grand prix weekend.
On Tuesday the championship, led by Susie Wolff, announced its seven-round 2024 series, with all rounds a part of an F1 weekend.
Spain’s Marta Garcia heads to its three-race Austin finale because the factors chief and favorite to take the inaugural title.
McLaren has just lately additionally signed the newly crowned FIA F3 champion Gabriel Bortoleto from Brazil to its driver improvement roster.