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 signing for 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 Sauber days before the announcement. Pérez had to leave after signing to McLaren for the 2013 Formula One season.
|Jules Bianchi||2009-||Formula One|
|Raffaele Marciello||2010-||GP2 Series|
|Lance Stroll||2010-||Formula 4 Italian Championship|
|Antonio Fuoco||2013-||FIA European Formula 3 Championship|
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