McLaren Group signs 13-year old karting champion

Nathan Aston

Speed freaks exist in all sorts of sizes, colors, shapes and what not. So it’s no wonder that some forms of racing and motorsport go a bit overlooked: one of them being high-speed go-karting.

In the world of high performance karting, they have an individual who just might be the next Lewis Hamilton. A 13-year-old British go-karter by the name of Nathan Aston—who unofficially alone has some motoring pedigree in his surname—was just selected to join McLaren’s High Performance Program, which is a program that helps McLaren seek out new talent for the next generation of Formula 1 drivers on their Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

Aston started karting just three years ago and has since built his reputation up as an aspiring young race driver who’s only in his second season of racing.

“This is an amazing opportunity and a great honor for me. I am so grateful for the support of McLaren and it will definitely help me develop a lot of my various skills and career,” said Nathan Aston in an interview. “Their factory is amazing and it just blows you away when you see how much innovation there is. This year is going to be a big challenge but this support will be invaluable.”

McLaren back in 1989 also started their McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award, which helped them find Aston this year as well as other big names such as former world champion Jenson Button and 13-time grand prix winner David Couthard.

“The McLaren High Performance Programme doesn’t require drivers to conform to a singular template, or metric, it’s about assessing the needs of a small selection of drivers and providing them with our expertise and experience to see them through the motorsport year,” Martin Whitmarsh said, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ team leader. “We are looking for drivers with the right approach, attitude and potential, and we will seek to assist their careers in a range of different ways, not simply through providing them with the financial means to extend their careers.”

– By: Chris Chin

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