Tewin race ace to partner Alonso

PUBLISHED: 11:37 26 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:17 06 May 2010

Lewis Hamilton with Ron Dennis

Lewis Hamilton with Ron Dennis

FORMULA One will have a new face on the grid next year – Tewin race ace Lewis Hamilton. McLaren today (Friday, November 24) confirmed the 21-year-old will partner World champion Fernando Alonso for the 2007 season. Lewis, who won this year s GP2 series, w

FORMULA One will have a new face on the grid next year - Tewin race ace Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren today (Friday, November 24) confirmed the 21-year-old will partner World champion Fernando Alonso for the 2007 season.

Lewis, who won this year's GP2 series, will become the first black driver to compete in F1's 56-year history.

He said: "It's a dream come true.

"To be racing in Formula 1 with McLaren has been the ultimate goal for me since I was very young and this opportunity is a fantastic way to end what has been the best year for me.

McLaren chairman and CEO Ron Dennis said: "Since 1998 Lewis has formed an important part of our long-term strategy and we are pleased that we are able to help him take another step and achieve his dream of becoming a Formula One racing driver."

Motor racing has played a significant part in Lewis' life so far.

His father Anthony bought him a go-kart when he was eight, having seen his skills with a remote control car.

After a number of go-kart titles, he was snapped up by McLaren group chairman and chief executive officer Ron Dennis at the tender age of 13.

He signed for the team's young driver support programme, and continued to progress through the go-karting ranks, picking up various international championships and accolades along the way.

Lewis then stepped up to the British Formula Renault Championship, then on to the Formula 3 Euro Series and, this year, GP2, which is the feeder series for F1.

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