The Birmingham-born driver will therefore make his debut as a System E driver subsequent season, which kicks off in Mexico on 14 January, with the incoming Nissan-powered crew.
He had earlier vacated his Van Amersfoort Racing seat in System 2, citing a want to give attention to his System E aspirations, having joined the Dutch crew firstly of 2022 for its first 12 months within the F1 feeder class.
This was preceded by a spell with HWA in F2, and Hughes had additionally raced with the German squad for 2 seasons in F3 – ending seventh within the championship on each events.
“In the beginning, I’m very proud and really feel very privileged to change into a part of the McLaren Racing household, being given the possibility to characterize such a prestigious model,” stated Hughes.
“Rising up, McLaren was one of many groups that impressed me to begin racing. To now go full circle, representing the crew myself in System E feels unimaginable.
I’ve clearly been with the System E crew in a unique guise earlier than and we’ve already achieved nice outcomes. It’s good to have that relationship and I do know what’s anticipated of me.”
“Coming in at a time the place a brand new era automobile is launched within the sequence excites me. It seems like a very good alternative and likelihood, particularly being a rookie in Season 9. It’s set to be an excellent 12 months and I can’t wait to kick off the journey forward!”
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“Immediately’s announcement seems like a very long time coming,” added McLaren crew principal Ian James.
“Since Could this 12 months, after we first introduced McLaren Racing’s entry into System E, we’ve been working tirelessly to get in place the absolute best crew and construction for sustainable success.
“I’m excited to work along with René and Jake this upcoming season. They’re each extremely proficient individuals, and I feel they’ll each convey one thing completely different to the combo.
“Jake is an thrilling expertise, who we’ve labored with earlier than as our Reserve and Improvement driver. Over time, the crew and Jake have constructed a relationship, and that, mixed together with his sheer expertise, might be what can provide us an edge going into this
“We’ve given Jake an opportunity to show himself on the massive stage in Season 9, and his story is an ideal instance of the expertise growth that we imagine in as a crew.”
The crew has moved out of the Mercedes Excessive Efficiency Powertrains base in Brixworth to a facility at Bicester Heritage, from the place McLaren will put together for its first season within the championship in its new guise.
It has additionally enlisted Neom as a title sponsor, with the Saudi Arabian Public Funding Fund in search of to advertise the deliberate ‘good metropolis’ at present underneath development on the coast of the Crimson Sea.