McLaren Seek F1 Seat for Hamilton

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has promised to search for a Formula One drive for Lewis Hamilton after the young Briton impressed his bosses with a double victory in the Monaco Formula Three Euroseries race

Hamilton, 19, has dominated the championship so far and took his second consecutive double victory when he followed up his easy victory on Friday with a second win from pole position on Saturday.

And McLaren boss Ron Dennis said: "We try to facilitate him getting into Formula One. The difficulty is finding a place for him because he cannot expect to climb straight into a McLaren.

"But we have been following his career since he was 11 and he is now 19. When we had to decide what category to put him in this year he wanted to do GP2 but we decided he should do Formula Three Euroseries.

"He listened and what you are seeing now is what we predicted. The GP2 series is in a bit of disarray with unreliability and he is dominating the Euro F3. That is an excellent springboard for Formula One."

Hamilton also raced in Formula Three Euroseries last year but was beaten to the title by fellow Briton Jamie Green but of all the drivers on McLaren and Mercedes' junior programme he is tipped to be the best.

If he makes it to Formula One, probably in a lower grid team, he will follow in the footsteps of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, who stepped in at Jordan after working through the Mercedes junior ranks.

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