ALEXANDER SIMS, SAMUELE BUTTARELLI AND EARL BAMBER CONFIRMED AS FIRST IFM TALENT SUPPORT DRIVERS British Alexander Sims, Italy's Samuele Buttarelli and New Zealander Earl Bamber are to become the first International Formula Master (IFM)...
ALEXANDER SIMS, SAMUELE BUTTARELLI AND EARL BAMBER CONFIRMED AS FIRST IFM TALENT SUPPORT DRIVERS
British Alexander Sims, Italy's Samuele Buttarelli and New Zealander Earl Bamber are to become the first International Formula Master (IFM) drivers to join the Series under a new development scheme known as the IFM Talent Support Programme.
The scheme will see the three talented young drivers race with Formula Master in Hungary as the Series partners the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for the first time this weekend.
Currently competing in Formula 3 Euroseries, 21-year-old Sims graduated from Formula Renault UK in 2008 where he had driven for the previous two years.
"It fits perfectly with my F3 campaign this year as I believe the cars are quite similar in performance, which is great," said Sims who won the highly-regarded McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the year accolade last year.
"To be able to learn a new car and a new track is a fantastic opportunity, particularly with it being a support to Formula 1. I think it will be very interesting for me to compare myself with a new set of drivers in a different environment.
"I am really looking forward to seeing how we can do this weekend. I will travel to Hungary feeling that a podium would be good result seeing as I have never driven the car or the circuit before. May I also say a big thank you to IFM for making this opportunity possible for me."
Italian Samuele Buttarelli has also been chosen to take part in the programme and will be combining his Formula 3 Open Series Championship commitments with two Formula Master race weekends.
Former ADM Motorsport driver Earl Bamber completes the trio of supported racers. The 19-year-old begun the season with ADM but had to miss the last two race weekends in Brno and Brands Hatch.
"It's a great opportunity to get back into racing with Formula Master," said Bamber. "It was a shame to miss the last few rounds; I commentated for the Series on Eurosport during the Brands Hatch rounds and I was itching to get back into the car!
"I'm really looking forward to this weekend, and running alongside Formula 1 is very exciting. It will be a challenge as there is limited track time and I have never raced on the track before but it's all part of racing and I am ready to get back to it all."
The IFM Talent Support Programme aims to give young drivers the opportunity to perform in front of motorsport's highest representative during the Series' two race weekend with Formula 1. All three drivers will also race with IFM at the Belgium GP at the end of August.
"International Formula Master has always been committed to the development of upcoming and talented drivers, taking a close look at all the opportunities available to assist young racers and give them the chance to develop their careers," said Alessandro Alunni Bravi, IFM's General Manager. "The Talent Support Program is simply the natural consequence of our philosophy."
Samuele Buttarelli and Earl Bamber
International Formula Master's Hungarian race weekend gets underway this Friday with qualifying, whilst race one will take place on Saturday, and race two on Sunday. Both rounds will be shown on Eurosport.