World Ferrari takes young woman into Formula 1 talent factory for the first time

17:00  23 january  2021
17:00  23 january  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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That she is the first female student at the Academy, detected through our programme, is quite an increasingly inclusive, in line with the hashtag supported by the entire Formula 1 community For the other three finalists – Doriane, Antonella and Julia – Ferrari has awarded each a test session in its

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16-year-old Maya Weug is the first female racing driver that Ferrari has accepted into its junior academy for young motorsport drivers

For the first time Ferrari has a female racing driver in its 1 Junior Academy (FDA) admitted. The 16-year-old Maya Weug prevailed against three competitors in a two-day screening and received a Ferrari grant for a complete racing season in Formula 4.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto describes this step as an "important moment in the history of Ferrari and his junior academy "and says:" Maya's arrival underscores Ferrari's effort to open up motorsport more and more, in keeping with the hashtag #WeRaceAsOne, which the entire Formula 1 community supports. "

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Weug, the daughter of a Dutch father and a Belgian mother, who was born in Spain, has been competing in professional kart races since 2013 and is about to start her first season in a formula car. "She will make progress together with us," says Binotto, "and that in [Formula 4], which is considered the first step towards Formula 1".

Successful sighting makes Weug "speechless"

The teenager herself is "speechless" in the face of the news. "I've been dreaming about it for so long since I've been driving karting. To belong to Ferrari now is incredible! You can't imagine how proud I'll be wearing the red T-shirt with this logo." In her first season in the racing car,

Weug wants to "improve in every single race [...] and give everything I have to occupy a top position," she says. In which Formula 4 series it will start has not yet been determined.

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One thing is clear: Weug is now a new figurehead for the "Girls on Track" campaign of the World Automobile Federation (FIA), which aims to specifically promote female racing drivers. FIA President Jean Todt says: "The Girls-on-Track-Program is the key in our effort to ensure more gender equality in our sport."

Michele Mouton celebrates milestone

Todt, former team boss at Ferrari, expressly thanks the traditional Italian Formula 1 team for supporting "such an innovative and positive initiative". He congratulates Weug on the success in screening young talent and on the "important next step" in their career.

For Michele Mouton, chairwoman of the FIA ​​commission for women in motorsport, it is an "emotional and historical moment" to have a driver with Weug at the Ferrari Academy. "I'm sure she will show even more of her talent and determination [there]. And I hope this is just the first of many projects of this kind."

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"Girls on Track": The four participants in the Ferrari sighting in Fiorano

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In addition to Weug, Doriane Pin (16) and Antonella also met Bassani (14) and Julia Ayoub (15) involved in the Ferrari sighting. They receive a "consolation prize": one test unit each in the Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO sports car, the vehicle of the Ferrari one-make cup.

The FIA ​​"Girls on Track" campaign, founded in 2018, is set to run for four years and plans to carry out further sightings for female drivers in 2021. "A second female driver could then be accepted into the Ferrari Academy in 2022," says the world association.

According to Ferrari, there are currently nine young drivers in the Ferrari Academy in addition to Weug, including Formula 1 promoted Mick Schumacher. He had been accepted as a funding candidate in 2019 and had completed his first Formula 1 test with Ferrari in the same year. In 2021 Schumacher will drive his first Grand Prix season for Ferrari customer team Haas.

With images from Ferrari.

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