McLaren's GT racing arm that former F1 driver Bruno Senna has joined the team as a factory driver. The 31-year-old Brazilian driver, nephew of F1 legend Ayrton Senna, will drive in the development program for the 650S Sprint and 650S GT3 race cars.
"It is a great honor for me to be joining McLaren, a team my uncle enjoyed such huge success with, and one of the most famous names in motorsport," Senna said at the announcement. "A lot of effort has gone into the development of the car since the 12C GT3, which I raced, and it made a big impression on its debut at the end of last season. It is shaping up to be a big year ahead."
Bruno Senna's career includes wins in British Formula 3 and a runner-up performance in the 2008 GP2 series before his three seasons driving in Formula 1. He raced in the GTE class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 and 2014, and drove for the Mahindra Formula E team immediately before joining McLaren.
Senna joins McLaren GT factory drivers Alvaro Parente, Rob Bell, and Kevin Estre. In addition to developmental duties as the company tweaks its GT racers, Senna will be given chances to drive with customer teams over the course of the season.