11-year-old Jamaican signs Formula One contract

11-year-old Alex Powell made history for Jamaica and Formula 1 when he became the first driver from the Caribbean to sign on with a Formula One (F1) team. 

The official announcement concerning Powell was made by Mercedes-AMG F1 on March 4, 2019, with the introduction of Powell and Andrea Kimi Antonelli, his former Energy Corse karting teammate, as the two youngest members of the Mercedes junior program. 

Powell’s father, Jamaican rally driver John Powell, said it was a “proud day for Jamaica and the Caribbean.”

Alex Powell is the cousin of Olympian Asafa Powell. 

And let us not forget that Alex is signed to the same team as Lewis Hamilton!