McLaren junior driver Ugo Ugochukwu has signed with Carlin to race in the 2022 British Formula 4 Championship.
Ugochukwu signed a long-term deal with McLaren earlier this year, with the team supporting his development while retaining options on his future.
This season, the American was karting in the FIA European OK Senior class, finishing seventh overall in the standings.
Next year however, Ugochukwu will compete full-time in single-seaters as he makes the next step to his racing career, driving the new Tatuus T-421 in British F4.
“I’m really excited to move up to British F4 next season and follow in the footsteps of many talented drivers,” said Ugochukwu.
“I feel very comfortable with Carlin and our pre-season preparations are already going well.
“There will be a lot to learn but I have a great team around me to help deal with all the challenges. I can’t wait to get going.”
Team owner Trevor Carlin added: “Ugo is an exciting new talent and we’re delighted to have him with this for this first step on the single-seater ladder.
“Despite his very young age, Ugo is doing a great job in winter testing. He’s quietly taking it all in and making big improvements with every session; the sign of a driver full of potential.
“The F4 British Championship is a fantastic series in which to learn and the incorporation of the new Tatuus T-421 makes the series even more relevant.
“The new car will be a real leveller for all teams and drivers but having produced four Driver Champions and numerous Team titles, we’re determined to start this new era of F4 as strongly as possible.”