More than a year ago, we mentioned that the youth program of Mercedes includes the young racer Andrea “Kimi” Antonelli, and now it became clear that it is not for nothing that Toto Wolff personally takes care of him: last weekend, the 14-year-old Italian won the European Karting Championship.
The head of the Mercedes youth program is Gwen Lagru – this Swiss specialist previously led a similar direction in the Lotus F1 Team – and speaks highly of Andrea: “Kimi is a phenomenal guy! He stands for the Kart Republic, Dino Chiesa’s team that raised riders like Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg 20 years ago.
He made a very good impression – he is a very mature master for his young age, very patient and extremely intelligent racer. He shows excellent speed regardless of conditions, and I have never seen him make stupid mistakes. Feels that Andrea really loves motorsport, and racing gives him pleasure.
He is distinguished by his special approach to piloting, overtaking, planning a racing weekend, and now I really want to see how he will show himself when he switches to single-seater racing. “
Presumably, in the junior formulas “Kimi II” with such support will also show itself well, and if everything goes as planned in Mercedes, then in five years we can see him in Formula 1.