Van Buren wins McLaren's WFG contest
21 November 2017 – Rudy van Buren has been appointed as one of McLaren's Formula 1 Simulator Drivers for the 2018 campaign after triumphing in its World's Fastest Gamer contest.
Van Buren, 25, was one of the 12 finalists who was put through a gruelling array of tasks by McLaren, as it attempted to unearth a simulator driver from the world of eSports.
Van Buren and compatriot Freek Schothorst made it through to the final, and the judges ultimately selected Van Buren, who will join the team in 2018.
Van Buren competed in karting as a youngster, winning the 2003 title in his native Netherlands, but was forced to quit aged 16 due to a lack of funding.
"This has been the most incredible experience and words can't describe how I feel right now," said van Buren.
"To think that I came to the McLaren Technology Centre for the very first time last week but am leaving here today as McLaren's newest employee is mind blowing.
"I can't thank everyone enough for giving me this amazing opportunity; just being here, meeting the team and competing with some amazing people has been an unforgettable experience.
"It really has been the toughest job interview I've ever faced, but with such an incredible reward at the end of it. Now I can't wait to get started."
McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown added: "First, my congratulations to Rudy – he really showed the mettle, determination and ability to succeed.
"This was an outstandingly tough contest, one where we went to great lengths to stretch our contestants beyond their limits.
"He'll be a real asset to the organisation as we develop and refine our 2018 car throughout the next season."