Maranello, 19 February – It’s been announced today that thanks to the combined efforts of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Maranello based Ferrari Driver Academy, the winner of the 2013 European FIA F3 Championship will get the chance to drive a Ferrari Formula 1 car. This initiative aims to re-establish the championship, which gets underway at Monza on 22 March, as a key stage in a race driver’s education. “Driving a Formula 3 car is the ideal way to learn about single-seaters, because of its perfect balance between grip and power, and this is why we choose to reward the winner with what is a dream for every racing driver, namely a day at the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car,” maintains the Head of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Luca Baldisserri.
As a clear indication of the importance attached to the European FIA F3 Championship, the prize is now part of the Maranello Academy’s initiatives aimed at bringing on young driving talent from around the globe. As part of this programme, back in January, the 19 year old Chinese driver, Cao Martin Hongwei, had a test session in the simulator and on track at Fiorano, at the wheel of a Formula 3 car, thanks to a working agreement between the FDA and the Chinese Automobile Federation.