Sergio Sette Camara will join the McLaren Young Driver Program in 2019 and become McLaren’s test and development driver.
The 20-year-old Sette Camara currently drives in Formula 2. In his new role, he will support his current Carlin teammate Lando Norris as that driver moves into an F1 seat at McLaren next year.
“It’s my dream to one day become a Formula 1 driver, and I’d like to thank McLaren for giving me this incredible opportunity,” said Sette Camara. “My aim is to integrate myself in the team and work as closely with them as possible; to listen, learn and help to develop as a driver, as well as support McLaren.”
Sette Camara previous F1 experience came in a test for Toro Rosso in 2016.
Other famous drivers from McLaren’s Young Driver Program include Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne.
“We’re delighted to welcome Sergio to McLaren and our Young Driver Program,” said Gil de Ferran, McLaren’s sporting director. “We’ve been following his progress for some time and believe he is a promising young talent with a real potential.”
Sette Camara is currently second in the Formula 2 driver standings with one race remaining in Abu Dhabi.
Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition
De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.
I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.
“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”
De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.
The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.
“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.
“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”