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Ferrari Sign 16-year-old Maya Weug, First Female Driver to Their Academy

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Ferrari introduced 16-year-old Maya Weug as the primary feminine member of the Formula One workforce’s driver academy.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: January 23, 2021, 13:37 IST

Ferrari introduced 16-year-old Dutch go-karter Maya Weug on Friday as the primary feminine member of the Formula One workforce’s driver academy.

Weug, the winner of a five-day scouting camp on the Italian workforce’s Maranello headquarters and Fiorano take a look at observe, will probably be given a season within the FIA-sanctioned Formula Four championship.

“This is a key moment in the history of Scuderia Ferrari and its academy,” mentioned Formula One workforce boss Mattia Binotto in a press release.

“Maya’s arrival is a clear indication of the Scuderia’s commitment to making motorsport increasingly inclusive.”

The academy has to date helped 5 members graduate to Formula One via the junior collection, 4 of them on the grid this season together with present Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and debutant Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari nice Michael.

Academy supervisor Marco Matassa mentioned one of many 4 feminine finalists had, in a single particular self-discipline, scored the general highest rating of anybody within the scouting camp’s historical past.

The ‘Girls on Track-Rising Stars’ programme noticed an preliminary choice of 20 drivers aged 12-16 put ahead by nationwide motorsport authorities. Weug is Spanish-born with a Belgian mom and Dutch father.

Formula One has not had a girl driver compete in a grand prix because the late Italian Lella Lombardi’s final look in 1976.

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