Renault signs Chinese karting driver Sun Yue Yang

Karting driver Sun Yue Yang has become the latest addition to the Renault Sport Academy, the manufacturer has announced.

Sun, 15, joins Oliver Rowland, Jack Aitken, Kevin Jorg and Louis Deletraz in the roster, becoming the first driver to be signed into the new Academy straight out of karting.

The Chinese driver had a career-best 2015 in international karting, with success in the KFJ class of various major championships.

Among his accolades that year were fourth place in the South Garda Winter Cup, fifth in the WSK Champions Cup, 13th in the CIK-FIA European Championship and 14th in the World Championship.

"We are pleased and proud to give Renault China the opportunity through the Academy to bring Sun through the ranks," said Renault Sport's racing director Frederic Vasseur.

"Sun has shown strong potential in WSK to, with the right preparation, work his way to Formula 1. The opportunities for both Sun and Renault China to benefit from this partnership are huge."

Sun, who will now work towards reaching F1 "within 10 years", is the second Chinese drivers currently on the books of a Formula 1 manufacturer - with his compatriot Guan Yu Zhou racing in Formula 3 with support from the Ferrari Driver Academy.

Back in 2012, Ma Qing Hua became the first Chinese driver to take part in a grand prix weekend session, running FP1 for HRT.

However, the country is yet to have a driver on the F1 grid.

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