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F1: Sergio Sette Camara confirmed as McLaren test driver

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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.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole at Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.

Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.