Anthony Hamilton's young driver academy has received the official approval from Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management for the use of the Formula 1 name.
GP Prep, as the academy formed by 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton's father is now known, is an initiative aimed at giving young drivers experience with Formula 1 machinery. The scheme will run a series of tests that will allow rookie drivers to gain track time in a Formula 1 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 Sr. "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."