The McLaren organisation has signed young kart drivers Lewis Hamilton and
Wesley Graves to join the Mercedes junior squad which also features the
likes of Ricardo Zonta and Nick Heidfeld.

Lewis and Graves, both successful in recent McLaren-Mercedes Champions of
the Future campaigns, will receive additional backing and technical support
from the F1 partners, who paid tribute to the motorsport industry in
Britain when explaining their choices.

The deal also cemented the support of McLaren and Mercedes for the
Champions of the Future initiative, which will continue to run into the
next millenium. The first round of the 1998 season is scheduled for
Larkhall in Scotland on 25/26 April.