Saturday 25 May, 2019

Mercedes F1 signs 11-year-old Jamaican karter to junior programme

Eleven-year-old  karter Alex Powell and his support team pose in front of a Jamaican flag
in Colombia.

Eleven-year-old karter Alex Powell and his support team pose in front of a Jamaican flag in Colombia.

Eleven-year-old karting protégé Alex Powell has created history by becoming the first Jamaican to sign with a Formula 1 (F1) team, the pinnacle of motorsport worldwide.

Mercedes F1 team made the official announcement on Thursday on its Twitter Page.

The team also announced the signing of 12-year-old Italian Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

The German manufacturer said that Antonelli and Powell, who lives in Trinidad, will join Esteban Ocon and George Russell in the junior programme.

Powell started kart racing with the Trinidad and Tobago Karting Association in 2016 and quickly went on to dominate many championships worldwide.

"Introducing the two youngest members of the Mercedes junior programme...  Andrea Kimi Antonelli - 12 years old, Italy  Alex Powell - 11 years old, Jamaica. The boys are both racing in karting this year and we can’t wait to follow their progress," said the Twitter post.

According to reports, Antonelli was already in Mercedes’ support system but it was always kept low-profile until Thursday.  The Italian won the WSK Champions Cup in 60 Mini with Rosberg Racing Academy and was third in the Masters Series.

Powell is a new intake with the Jamaican joining at the start of 2019 after winning the WSK Final Cup in 60 Mini category.

The duo will continue in karting for the 2019 season.

Powell is competing in the Mini class of WSK Euro Series with Energy Corse – a former team of Toro Rosso F1 driver Alexander Albon.

 

 

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