Ferrari Driver Academy
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.
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. 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. Pérez ceased being a member of the Academy after signing to McLaren in 2013. Bianchi also ceased being a member in July 2015 after succumbing to 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, 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 September 2016, it was announced that Giovinazzi would perform simulator work for Scuderia Ferrari. 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. Later in December 2016 it was announced that Antonio Giovinazzi would become the third driver for Scuderia Ferrari in 2017. In late 2017 Ferrari added Callum Ilott, Robert Shwartzman and Gianluca Petecof to their line-up.
|Antonio Fuoco||2013–||FIA Formula 2 Championship||Formula Renault 2.0 Alps|
|Guanyu Zhou||2014–||European Formula 3||none as Ferrari Driver Academy member|
|Charles Leclerc||2016–||Formula One||FIA Formula 2 Championship|
|Giuliano Alesi||2016–||GP3 Series||none as Ferrari Driver Academy member|
|Marcus Armstrong||2017–||European Formula 3||Italian F4 Championship|
|Enzo Fittipaldi||2017–||Italian F4 Championship||Italian F4 Championship|
|Callum Ilott||2017–||GP3 Series||none as Ferrari Driver Academy member|
|Robert Shwartzman||2017–||European Formula 3||Toyota Racing Series|
|Gianluca Petecof||2017–||ADAC / Italian F4||none as Ferrari Driver Academy member|
|Driver||Years||Series competed||F1 team(s)|
|Jules Bianchi||2009–2014||Formula 3 Euro Series (2009)
GP2 Series (2010–2011)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
Formula One (2013–2014)
|Mirko Bortolotti||2010||GP3 Series (2010)||None|
|Daniel Zampieri||2010||Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2010)||None|
|Sergio Pérez||2010–2012||GP2 Series (2010)
Formula One (2011–present)
Force India (2014-2018)
|Brandon Maïsano||2010–2012||Formula Abarth (2010)
Italian Formula Three Championship (2011–2012)
|Lance Stroll||2010–2015||Karting (2010–2013)
Italian F4 Championship (2014)
Toyota Racing Series (2015)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2015-2016)
Formula One (2017–present)
|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 (2012–2013)
GP2 Series (2014–2015)
- Championship titles highlighted in bold.
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