McLaren needed to beat various its Formulation 1 rivals to signal younger American karting champion Ugo Ugochukwu, in response to workforce CEO Zak Brown.
The 13-year-old Ugochukwu received the 2020 FIA OKJ European Championship, including to various titles from the U.S. that caught the eye of a number of F1 groups. The American was a part of Sauber’s junior karting program earlier than signing an agreement with McLaren and Brown says he and workforce principal Andreas Seidl needed to work neatly to safe his signature.
“There was curiosity from a few different groups — among the huge ones,” Brown mentioned. “I feel he’s received a terrific racing pedigree — Andreas and I spoke about it fairly a bit — so we did should put some work into it as a result of if he wasn’t going to signal with McLaren he was positively going to have a Formulation 1 relationship and he had a few totally different decisions.
“I like his background, like what he has achieved so far. I like his household. He’s very articulate. He’s nonetheless very younger however Andreas and I proceed to suppose very long-term in our ambitions for McLaren and we received the chance and I’m very completely satisfied we signed him up.”
Whereas Ugochukwu is a long-term prospect as a part of the McLaren setup, Seidl says a workforce precedence in the mean time is to have two drivers who’re each in a position to ship the perfect outcomes on a constant foundation.
“That’s clearly the goal by way of driver line-up — to have two high guys which can be all the time in a position to get the utmost out of the automotive and out of a race weekend, to attain good factors. That was power of our workforce the final two years,” Seidl mentioned.
“That was one key factor of scoring these good positions within the constructors’ championship and we clearly needed to verify we hold stepping into that course with our driver line-up. I’m very completely satisfied that we’ve Lando (Norris) and Daniel (Ricciardo) onboard. I feel we’ve already seen (in Bahrain) — I’m completely satisfied that we are able to proceed this.”