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BREAKING: McLaren confirm full driver line-up for debut Formula E season

Jake Hughes and Rene Rast will be racing for McLaren in their debut Formula E Season

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McLaren have confirmed Jake Hughes as their second driver for their debut Formula E season.

Rene Rast will drive alongside Jake Hughes in McLaren’s debut Formula E season (Image Credit: McLaren)

Rene Rast and Jake Hughes will be representing McLaren in their debut season in the all-electric series. Hughes has been racing in the Formula 2 championship but has gained Formula E knowledge from his time with Mercedes EQ. During Seasons 7 and 8, he was a reserve and development driver for the team and is now ready to take on the track himself.

Comments from Hughes

Hughes joins Formula E at an exciting time of change as it introduces its new Gen3 Era.

He said, “First and foremost, I’m very proud and feel very privileged to become part of the McLaren Racing family, being given the chance to represent such a prestigious brand. Growing up, McLaren was one of the teams that inspired me to start racing. To now go full circle, representing the team myself in Formula E feels incredible. I’ve obviously been with the Formula E team in a different guise before and we have already achieved great results. It’s good to have that relationship and I know what’s expected of me.

“Coming in at a time where a new generation car is introduced in the series excites me. It feels like a good opportunity and chance, especially being a rookie in Season 9. It’s set to be a great year and I can’t wait to kick off the journey ahead!”

Team Principal’s thoughts

Ian James, McLaren’s Team Principal has been waiting to finally make such an announcement. The team confirmed their participation in May and have been putting all the effort in to showcase a great car with talented drivers in their debut season.

He said, “Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming. Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success. On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front. On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.

“I’m excited to work together with René and Jake this upcoming season. They are both incredibly talented people, and I think they will both bring something different to the mix. René has shown his race craft over and over again in every series he has competed in to date. He is not only extremely fast, but also consistent, and has valuable previous experience in Formula E, which will be of great help both to the team and himself.

“Jake is an exciting talent, who we have worked with before as our Reserve and Development driver. Over the years, the team and Jake have built a relationship, and that, combined with his sheer talent, will be what can give us an edge going into this season.”

He added, “We’ve given Jake a chance to prove himself on the big stage in Season 9, and his story is a perfect example of the talent development that we believe in as a team.”

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