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McLaren has brought many young drivers to F1 through its junior program, including seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and current McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris.

McLaren is no longer in the book as a young driver after Sergio Sette Kamala joined Red Bull as a reserve driver earlier this year.

However, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown believed that the 2021 signing of Daniel Ricciardo proved to be of constant external interest, and felt that the approach of reducing young drivers was good for the team. It was.

“We have different philosophies,” Brown said.

“I think I’ve run into a problem with another team. There are too many drivers trying to place with other teams, or there are no seats available when the drivers are ready.

“McLaren will be a team with a strong desire for most drivers to drive, especially with recent advances, which are constantly evolving.

“Land is very young. I’m just starting out with Daniel, so in a year or two there’s no space for drivers to knock on the door.

“I think we’re more strategic, as we were with Rand. We found him early, as we were with Stoffel. [Vandoorne] -Unfortunately it didn’t work. It worked well with Lewis, and just a few handpicked when you see they might mature when there may be vacant seats. “

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McLaren’s approach is in contrast to both Red Bull and Ferrari’s approaches, which have many young drivers as part of the program but struggle to find their seats.

No one currently represents McLaren’s young driver program, but F1 team principal Andreas Seidl and racing director Andreas Seidl are on the lookout for those passing the junior rank. Said.

“It’s great that Red Bull found Max, but they experienced a lot of talent and spent a lot of money to get there,” Brown said.

“We should be very focused. At this point, I think we are paying attention to what is happening in the Junior Formula. At this point, those who are participating in the Junior Program. No one, because there really isn’t a house for them.

“But Andreas and Andrea are paying a lot of attention to the junior formula. You’ll see who’s there in a year or two.”

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