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 for the 2013 Formula One season. 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 F1 Team.

Current drivers[edit]

Driver Years Current Series
Italy Raffaele Marciello 2010– GP2 Series
Canada Lance Stroll 2010– European F3 Championship
Italy Antonio Fuoco 2013– GP3 Series
China Guanyu Zhou[5] 2014– Italian F4 Championship[6]

Former drivers[edit]

Driver Years Series competed
France Jules Bianchi 2009–15 European Formula 3 (2009)
GP2 Series (201011)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
Formula One (201314)
Italy Mirko Bortolotti 2010 GP3 Series (2010)
Italy Daniel Zampieri 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2010)
Mexico Sergio Pérez 2010–12 GP2 Series (2010)
Formula One (2011–present)
France Brandon Maïsano 2010–12 Formula Abarth (2010)
Italian Formula Three Championship (20112012)
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (December 18, 2009). "Ferrari sets up young driver academy". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (March 6, 2010). "Ferrari expands young driver academy". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Noble, Jonathan (October 8, 2010). "Perez joins Ferrari young driver scheme". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "FDA testing at Fiorano: on track with Formula 3 today and F1 Thursday". September 12, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scuderia Ferrari: new from China". June 9, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Zhou in single-seaters for 2015". February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 

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