Ferrari have announced Dutch teenager Maya Weug as the first female inductee into their driver academy.
Weug, 16, earned the coveted position after being crowned the winner of the FIA’s inaugural Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme, run in conjunction with the Ferrari driver academy and the governing body’s Women in Motorsport commission.
Beating the three other finalists in the competition after an evaluation day at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters last week, Weug will now also be given a seat in one of the FIA’s Formula 4 championships this year.
The academy has so far helped five members graduate to Formula One through the junior series, four of them on the grid this season including current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and debutant Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari great Michael.
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“I will never forget this day! I am so happy to be the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy. Winning the final stage of the FIA “Girls on Track – Rising Stars” programme makes me realise that I was right to pursue my dream of becoming a racing driver.
I will give my all to show the people who believed in me that I deserve to wear the Ferrari Driver Academy uniform and I can’t wait to come to Maranello to start preparing for my first season of single-seater racing.”
Jean Todt FIA President
“This is an important moment in Maya Weug’s career, and I extend my warmest congratulations to all four drivers who reached this final selection. The FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme is key to our commitment to supporting gender diversity in our sport. I would like to thank Ferrari Driver Academy all our partners who have joined us in embracing such an innovative and positive initiative.”