Ferrari Driver Academy
Academy is an initiative aimed at helping develop young talent taken from motor sport arenas worldwide with the aim of training them for a future in F1.
Apart from this, there are plans for initiatives based around promotion of Motorsport in general, in Italy and also abroad: currently being drawn up are Partnership agreements to support youth championships in Europe, America and Asia.
The programme is run in stages that last three days, during which the young Academy drivers take English language lessons, study mental preparation, are coached in the concept of improving team spirit, physical preparation, as well as undergoing tests on the simulator and on the track.
The aim of this project is to follow the drivers as they progress, not just in terms of their racing activity, but also on the human and professional front.
The programme, under the guidance of Luca Baldisserri, progresses gradually over several years, starting from kart racing, before moving up through the various lower formulae, before finally making it to formulae that are the nursery slopes to Formula 1. The ACI-CSAI plays an important role, working with the Ferrari Driver Academy through the Federation School at Vallelunga.
The training the young drivers acquire is also aimed at producing a positive impact on the work methods that they can apply to the junior formulae in which they are currently involved. At the moment, there are five drivers in the Ferrari nursery: Jules Bianchi, Raffaele Marciello, Antonio Fuoco, Lance Stroll and Guanyu Zhou.