Bianca Bustamante considers to make history (or HERstory) and the Filipina racer just celebrated another groundbreaking accomplishment. Last week, the 18-year-old athlete announced that she is the first ever female racer to join the McLaren Driver Development Program. The England-based team sees potential in Bustamante and is confident they can help her reach her F1 dreams.
Bustamante shared her feelings on the revelation in a press statement: “This is such an unreal moment in my career, to sign with McLaren and ART Grand Prix is way beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined growing up racing karts in the Philippines. I still have a hard time seeing my name next to McLaren without getting emotional, as the history and heritage linked to this team leaves me truly speechless.”
The McLaren Driver Development Program has ties with 20% of Formula 1 racers, including giving a similar opportunity to stars Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris at the start of their careers. Good luck and congratulations to Bianca Bustamente!
This partnership between RHUDE fashion and automative manufacturer McLaren will showcase McLaren's Formula 1 history through Rhude's luxurious designs. Rhuigi Villaseñor "sets to produce exclusive capsule collections launching throughout the 2021 Formula 1 season," according to McLaren's announcement. The collection will convey the style and energy of racing while paying homage to Bruce McLaren.
RHUDE founded in 2015, mixes luxury and streetwear elements into ready-to-wear style. He calls this a dream project as he gets to blend sport and fashion into his designs. The fashion brand continues to grow a global fanbase on its own, but it's only upward with this collab. Pulling inspiration from paddock fashion and Formula 1 legends, we expect Villaseñor to redefine "track suit" style.
We will see a preview of selected pieces from the capsule collection during Paris Fashion Week. "The official launch of the RHUDE x McLaren collection is set for Summer 2021 with an exclusive fan digital preview to be announced." The RHUDE Fall and Winter 2021 collection, Storms Never Last is the first sneak peak of the collab and other looks.