Maranello, 31 January –They’re back on the school bench and, whatever their age difference, they are all class mates for the day. The youngsters taking part in the Florida Winter Series were given a theory lesson on the requirements of being a professional racing driver, by a special teacher, an engineer with the Ferrari Driver Academy, Francesco Pon. The morning session covered general topics relating to the basic links between the car, the driver and engineer. Then in the afternoon the subjects were the technical principles of driving and the most important sections of the sporting regulations.
“We want to help the drivers become aware of everything that, to date, they have done based on instinct,” commented Francesco talking to www.ferrari.com. “It’s a long process that will lead to them understanding their technique in a conscious manner.”
As with any school worthy of the name, there had to be some work for the students in class and the day ended with a short test to see how they had taken on board the raft of information from the lessons.
“We’re not interested in seeing who did best,” said the teacher for the day. “It was more a case of seeing what the kids had retained from today’s lessons and how we can improve the way we put across the ideas that we believe are important for them to progress professionally.”