Rahul Mayer is living the dream as he will undergo the newly-designed MPA-14 programme at McLaren’s British headquarters in Woking, England.
PETALING JAYA: Young Malaysian racing driver Rahul Mayer has taken the first step towards realising his dream of becoming a Formula One driver – the 17-year-old from Kuala Lumpur has been selected to join the prestigious McLaren Performance Academy.
Rahul is among the selected young drivers who will undergo the newly-designed MPA-14 programme at McLaren’s British headquarters in Woking, England.
The academy provides an initial three-day bootcamp of intensive training and assessments, followed by further support and workshop programmes throughout the year within the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team.
Rahul, who is into his second season of racing in Britain's BRDC Formula 4 championship, will attend at least three programmes throughout the year.
“I’m really honoured to be selected for this fantastic opportunity and, as a young Malaysian sportsman, I am eager to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said an excited Rahul, who leaves for England on Wednesday.
“As I go into my second season racing in BRDC Formula 4 championship, I am really looking forward to putting my new skills into practice ... it will really help me reach new levels in my racing performance. I can’t wait to get started.”
McLaren Mercedes driver Kevin Magnussen, who will make his F1 debut alongside team-mate Jenson Button, also commented on his experience at the Academy.
“As one of McLaren’s past young drivers, I had first-hand experience of the team’s expertise in driver development. Whether it is guidance on nutrition, race preparation or physical fitness, McLaren’s human performance specialists made a real difference to my progress as a driver and contributed a great deal to where I am today.
“The Performance Academy is a unique opportunity for young drivers to tap into the knowledge and experience of Formula One experts at a world-famous team.”
The Performance Academy runs from March 14-16, and includes a series of educational workshops and physical training sessions that offer insight into the blend of technologies, knowledge and best practices that drive motorsport success.