McLaren sign Blomqvist to Young Driver Programme
22 February 2012 – Tom Blomqvist, the son of rallying legend Stig Blomqvist has been announced as the latest driver to join the McLaren Driver Development Programme.
Blomqvist, an 18 year old from Cambridge is managed by former McLaren driver Mark Blundell and was the youngest ever winner of the Formula Renault UK Championship in 2010.
“I’m thrilled to get this opportunity with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes,” he said. “The competition gets more fierce every time you step up a category, and having this level of support will really improve my strength and confidence.”
The scheme which began in 1989 aims to equip young drivers with all the things they need to succeed, including media and PR training, skill and ability assessment and career funding.
Team Principal of the team, Martin Whitmarsh commented on the new addition to their programme: “Tom is rightly considered to be a very bright prospect in single-seater racing,” he began.
“As demonstrated by his presence in the shortlist of finalists for the 2011 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, the ultimate accolade for young drivers and a programme which McLaren has had the pleasure of supporting for more than two decades. Tom is also now a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme.
“On-track results are the ultimate measurements of a driver's merit, and in this regard Tom is already delivering on his potential.
"As a winner of the Formula Renault Championship, he's following in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton, who passed this career milestone just three years before graduating to Formula 1 with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes."