Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony, has received the green light from Formula One Management (FOM) boss Bernie Ecclestone to use the Formula 1 name in his driver academy.

GP Prep, as the academy will be known, is a project set up by Hamilton Snr to allow up-and-coming drivers the opportunity to experience Formula 1 machinery.

GP Prep will run a series of test sessions to allow such drivers to gain track mileage in an F1 car.

I am extremely delighted that Mr Ecclestone and Formula One Management have given us their official seal of approval as the Academy for the development of Formula 1 drivers," said Hamilton.

"I would like to thank Mr Ecclestone and FOM for their support and outstanding vision for the future of the Academy and the benefits that the Academy will bring to Formula 1 and other racing series.

"We look forward to working closely together with Formula 1 and most Importantly all ‘rookie’ racing drivers to help identify, develop and nurture great talent and to bring a new world of opportunities to the business of Formula 1."

And no doubt it will help line you pocket as well, Anthony, if you land up signing several of these drivers to your books…!

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