The Renault Sport F1 Team have confirmed that they have signed 16 year old Marta Garcia to the Renault Sport Academy for 2017.
The Spaniard who finished fourth in the 2016 WIK-FIA OK Championship will compete in the 2017 F4 Spanish Championship which is certified by the FIA. Speaking following the announcement, Garcia commented by saying:
It’s a great opportunity and honour to join the Renault Sport Academy. I’m looking forward to working with the team throughout the season. Being in such a professional environment will undoubtedly be key to my development and progress going forward and I know the coaching and assistance will help me prepare for my season ahead in Spanish Formula 4.
Garcia is joined in the academy by 15 year old Christian Lundgaard and speaking about his new role he stated:
First, I’d like to thank Renault and the Renault Sport Academy for this opportunity. It feels great already to be part of the programme. This year is key for me as it will be my first season in single-seaters after karting. The Renault Sport Academy will help me prepare physically and mentally for this new challenge ahead and it feels fantastic to have such support from the team involved.
Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, Cyril Abiteboul commented by saying:
We are happy to welcome Marta and Christian to the Renault Sport Academy for 2017. In combination with Jack, Max, Jarno and Sun we have a very exciting line-up of young drivers, highlighting that our focus is very much on the future. Marta and Christian are amongst the most exciting talents emerging from the karting scene. Like their fellow Academy members, their selection and their retention is based on their outstanding results and potential. Renault Sport Racing is committed to growing its own talent and we will monitor the progress of Marta and Christian with great anticipation.