The long 2012 season has seen the Ferrari Driver Academy drivers running at the forefront of the major European junior categories, regarded as stepping stones to Formula 1. Jules Bianchi, Raffaele Marciello and Brandon Maisano were in the hunt in their respective championships right to the final round, with real hopes of taking the titles.
Unfortunately, for various reasons the championship crown eluded all of them at the very last, but the statistics of the season prove irrefutably that the FDA drivers were competitive in all their series.
Our three drivers competed in a total of 71 races and finished on the podium in no less than 36 of them, including fourteen wins. There were also 11 pole positions and 18 fastest race laps. These figures testify to a consistent level of competitiveness, which means the Ferrari Driver Academy engineers have had the value of their work confirmed on the race tracks.
“Our role consists of helping the talented youngsters we had chosen to improve,” explains the head of the FDA project, Luca Baldisserri. “We had to aim high in terms of results, but at the end of an intensive and gratifying 2012 season, we are pleased with what we have achieved, even if at the last, we missed out on winning any titles. That would have been the icing on the cake, but in the end, we have to consider that the role of an Academy is to guide young talent to progress in their profession, in the hope that it will lead them to Formula 1.
“Bianchi missed out on the championship after he was rammed by his closest rival for the title,” concluded Baldisserri. “His performance can only be seen as very positive and that also applies to Marciello at his first attempt in an international series. Our guys were front runners, but more than that, they improved race after race, correcting their faults and refining their natural talent. In fact, the year can also be regarded as a great success for all those who worked with them on a daily basis.”
|Driver||Formula||Championship Position||Races||Wins||Podiums||Poles||Fastest Laps|
|Jules Bianchi||Formula Renault 3.5||2||17||3||8||5||7|
|Raffaele Marciello||Formula 3 Euro Series + FIA||Euro Ser. 3. (FIA 2.)||30||8||13||4||8|
|Brandon Maisano||Italian Formula 3 Series||3||24||3||15||2||3|