2023 F3 champion, Gabriel Bortoleto has joined McLaren’s Driver Development Programme.
Bortoleto dominated the F3 season to win the title ahead of Williams’ junior, Zak O’Sullivan by 45 points, during which he took just one pole position and only failed to finish in the top ten in three of 18 races.
Speaking about his decision to join McLaren, Bortoleto commented: “I’m excited to be joining the McLaren Driver Development programme. I’m grateful to McLaren and Emanuele for giving me this opportunity.
“I’ve already been in the MTC for a tour and to meet the team, which was a really nice experience. I’m looking forward to continuing working on my development alongside a great team.”
McLaren’s Driver Development Programme Director, Emanuele Pirro added that he is “pleased” to bring Bortoleto into the programme and can’t wait to work alongside the 18 year-old who he believes has “… got all that is needed on and off track to be a star.”
McLaren have also swooped for Brando Badoer as an one-year option driver who will be assessed across the season, with an opportunity to sign him next year at the end of his evaluation period.
Speaking about the decision to introduce Badoer under review alongside Bortoleto, Pirro commented: “They join our talented line-up of drivers who we will be working with on their individual development, to give them the tools they need to progress in their careers.”
Bortoleto will join McLaren’s young driver roster which includes IndyCar’s Pato O’Ward, Ugo Ugochukwu and Ryo Hirakawa – who will be the team’s Reserve Driver for 2024 F1 season.