Ferrari sign up first female driver to academy

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 24, 2021

Almost a year since the initial launch of the FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars programme, and after months of intense preparation, training, scrutiny and pressure, Weug has been selected to become the first-ever female student of the world-famous Ferrari Driver Academy.

"It's been my dream for so long" - 16-year-old Maya Weug has made Ferrari history by becoming the first non-male member of the esteemed Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA). She is the victor of the FIA's Inaugural Girls on Track - Rising Stars program, organized by the Coordinating Committee of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the Motorsport Commission. But also the other girls have made it very tough to be here right now and it's been wonderful; I'm lost for words still!

"My warmest congratulations to the Dutch/Belgian driver Maya Weug", said Jean Todt, president of the FIA.

Weug beat fellow finaists Doriane Pin of France, who is 17, and Brazilians Antonella Bassani, 14 and Julia Ayoub, 15. At just 16 years old she has already had a lot of success in national and global karting.

Weug expressed delight at the massive dual opportunity of Ferrari Driver Academy and Formula 4. I also congratulate the other three finalists for reaching the final selection. "I am so happy to be the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy", said the Netherlands' Weug, who was born in Spain to a Belgian mother and Dutch father.

Ferrari appoints first female racer to Driver Academy
Weug wins FIA's Girls on Track initiative and spot in Ferrari Driver Academy

"The FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars program is key to our commitment to supporting gender diversity in our sport".

"One of the four girls, in one specific discipline during this camp, actually scored the overall highest ranking of all our scouting camp history, so definitely my answer is yes".

Marco Matassa, Head of Ferrari Driver Academy, added: "We are very pleased to welcome Maya to the Ferrari Driver Academy".

Weug, the victor of a five-day scouting camp at the Italian team's Maranello headquarters and Fiorano test track, will be given a season in the FIA-sanctioned Formula Four championship. "I'm looking forward to Marinello starting preparations for my first season of single-seater racing".

The three losing finalists will each be given a test in a Ferrari Challenge GT auto, while the FDA will continue to monitor their progress to ensure they are not forgotten.

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