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Ferrari Driver Academy

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Ferrari Driver Academy is an initiative from Formula One team Scuderia Ferrari to promote young talent inside its own organisation, with several drivers being selected and funded by the team, being under long-term contracts.[1]


The idea of the concept came from Felipe Massa's grooming within the Ferrari organisation, with the Brazilian being loaned out to Sauber for three seasons whilst being under contract with Ferrari. Jules Bianchi became the first recruit to the scheme in December 2009, being followed by Mirko Bortolotti, Daniel Zampieri and Raffaele Marciello in March 2010.[2] In late 2010, Ferrari confirmed Sergio Pérez had been signed up to the scheme, the Mexican being set to be its first graduate to Formula One competition, having already signed for Ferrari-powered Sauber days before the announcement.[3][4] Pérez ceased being a member of the Academy after signing to McLaren in 2013. Bianchi also ceased being a member in July 2015 after dying from injuries he sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix while racing for the Ferrari-powered Marussia team. Lance Stroll ceased being a member following his departure to Williams. Marciello ceased to be a member for personal reasons.

After rumours of the academy being disbanded, it was announced that the programme would be expanded with Massimo Rivola as its new head. On 23 June 2015, Antonio Fuoco had his first Formula One test with Ferrari during the 2-day post-Austrian Grand Prix test in Spielberg at the Red Bull Ring. In March 2016, it was announced that Charles Leclerc would be inducted into the Ferrari Driver Academy. In November of that year, Enzo Fittipaldi was among five drivers invited to join the Ferrari Driver Academy and was confirmed as a Ferrari Driver Academy member alongside Marcus Armstrong the following month. In late 2017 Ferrari added Callum Ilott, Robert Shwartzman and Gianluca Petecof to their line-up. Mick Schumacher, the son of multiple Formula One World champion Michael Schumacher was added to the lineup in 2019.

In September 2018, it was announced Leclerc would become the first academy member to graduate to Ferrari in 2019.[5]

Mick Schumacher graduated to F1 with Haas F1 after winning the 2020 Formula 2 Championship, while Championship runner-up Callum Ilott was given a test and reserve driver role at Scuderia Ferrari. After 2020 three drivers left the academy: Giuliano Alesi, Enzo Fittipaldi and reigning Formula Regional European Champion Gianluca Petecof.

In January 2021, Maya Weug, 16, became the first female driver to join the academy.[6]

Current drivers

Driver Years Current Series Titles as FDA member
New Zealand Marcus Armstrong 2017– FIA Formula 2 Championship Italian F4 Championship
United Kingdom Callum Ilott[7] 2017– GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup none as Ferrari Driver Academy member
Russia Robert Shwartzman[8] 2017– FIA Formula 2 Championship Toyota Racing Series
FIA Formula 3 Championship
Germany Mick Schumacher 2019– Formula One World Championship Formula 2 Championship
Monaco Arthur Leclerc 2020– FIA Formula 3 Championship none as Ferrari Driver Academy member
Sweden Dino Beganovic 2020– F3 Asian Championship
Formula Regional European Championship
none as Ferrari Driver Academy member
Australia James Wharton 2021– Karting (OK) none as Ferrari Driver Academy member
Netherlands Maya Weug 2021– Italian F4 Championship none as Ferrari Driver Academy member

FDA Esports Team

Driver Joined Since Current Series Titles as FDA member
Italy David Tonizza 2019– F1 Esports F1 Esports
United Kingdom Brendon Leigh 2021– none as Ferrari Driver Academy member
Italy Giovanni de Salvo 2020– Ferrari Hublot Esports Series Ferrari Hublot Esports Series

Former drivers

Driver Years Series competed as Ferrari Driver Academy member F1 team(s)
France Jules Bianchi 2009–2014 Formula 3 Euro Series (2009)
GP2 Series (20102011)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
Formula One (20132014)
Marussia (2013–2014)
Italy Mirko Bortolotti 2010 GP3 Series (2010) None
Italy Daniel Zampieri 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2010) None
Mexico Sergio Pérez 2010–2012 GP2 Series (2010)
Formula One (20112012)
Sauber (2011–2012)
McLaren (2013)
Force India (2014–2018)
Racing Point (2019–2020)
Red Bull Racing (2021–present)
France Brandon Maïsano 2010–2012 Formula Abarth (2010)
Italian Formula Three Championship (20112012)
Canada Lance Stroll 2010–2015 Karting (2010–2013)
Italian F4 Championship (2014)
Toyota Racing Series (2015)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2015–2016)
Williams (2017–2018)
Racing Point (2019–2020)
Aston Martin (2021–)
Italy Raffaele Marciello 2010–2015 Formula Abarth (2010)
Italian Formula Three Championship (2011)
Toyota Racing Series (2012)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2012)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (20122013)
GP2 Series (20142015)
Italy Antonio Fuoco 2013–2018 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2013)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2014)
GP3 Series (20152016)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (20172018)
China Guanyu Zhou[11] 2014–2018 Italian F4 Championship (2015)
ADAC Formula 4 (2015)
Toyota Racing Series (2016)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (20162018)
Monaco Charles Leclerc[12] 2016–2017 GP3 Series (2016)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (2017)
Sauber (2018)
Ferrari (2019–present)
France Giuliano Alesi[13][14] 2016–2021 GP3 Series (20162018)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (20192020)
Brazil Gianluca Petecof[15] 2017–2021 Italian F4 Championship (20182019)
ADAC Formula 4 (20182019)
Formula Regional European Championship (2020)
Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi 2017–2021 ADAC Formula 4 (20172018)
Italian F4 Championship (20172018)
Formula Regional European Championship (2019)
FIA Formula 3 Championship (2020)
Colombia Sebastian Montoya 2018 Karting (2018) None
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Former FDA Esports drivers

Driver Years Series competed in Titles as FDA Esports member
Italy Amos Laurito 2019 F1 Esports (2019) None
Italy Gianfranco Giglioli 2019 None
Italy Enzo Bonito 2020 F1 Esports (2020) None
Slovakia Filip Prešnajder 2020 None


In 2019 Ferrari established the FDA Esports Team to compete in the Formula One Esports Series.[16] Their first championship victory came that same year, with Italian David Tonizza winning the drivers' championship.[17]

Complete F1 Esports Series results

Year Chassis Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points WCC
Italy David Tonizza 1 1 3 8 1 5 3 4 3 4 6 2
Italy Amos Laurito 16 16 13 19 16 19 17 20 17
Italy Gianfranco Giglioli 17 16 15
Italy David Tonizza 20 1 19 11 Ret 10 5 8 1 7 Ret 6
Italy Enzo Bonito 14 7 20 10 11 11 8 5 14 11 19
Slovakia Filip Prešnajder 11

See also


  1. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (18 December 2009). "Ferrari sets up young driver academy". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (6 March 2010). "Ferrari expands young driver academy". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  3. ^ Noble, Jonathan (8 October 2010). "Perez joins Ferrari young driver scheme". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  4. ^ "FDA testing at Fiorano: on track with Formula 3 today and F1 Thursday". 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Charles Leclerc to drive for Scuderia Ferrari in 2019". Scuderia Ferrari. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  6. ^ George Ramsay. "Maya Weug becomes first female driver to earn a spot in the Ferrari Driver Academy". CNN. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Ilott is first British driver to join FDA". 19 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  8. ^ Wood, Elliot (24 October 2017). "Robert Shwartzman added to Ferrari Driver Academy". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Scott (19 January 2019). "Ferrari adds Schumacher to F1 junior programme". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Arthur Leclerc and Dino Beganovic for the Scuderia's young driver programme". 17 January 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Scuderia Ferrari: new from China". 9 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  12. ^ Costa, Massimo (25 November 2015). "ESCLUSIVO Leclerc nuovo pilota del Ferrari Driver Academy (EXCLUSIVE Leclerc new pilot of the Ferrari Driver Academy)". Italiaracing. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Alesi's F1 dream fades over funding issues". Planet F1. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Giuliano Alesi leaves the Ferrari Driver Academy and F2". Formula Scout. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Ferrari adds Brazilian karter Gianluca Petecof to Driver Academy | Formula Scout". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Ten Teams Confirmed For 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series". 31 May 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Tonizza And Red Bull Crowned Champions! 2019 F1 Esports Grand Final Report". 5 December 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2021.

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