The Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari has launched an academy for young drivers. The maker selecting talented young drivers and training with the eventual aim of getting them into the Formula 1 arena. The first person to be selected for this programme is Jules Bianchi, who won this year’s Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in the Formula 3 Euroseries and made his debut at the wheel of an F60 in the recent Jerez test session.
The programme is based on a different philosophy to other schemes of this type: a group of young drivers will be selected and then supported as they progress, not just in terms of their racing activity, but also focussing on their personal and professional development. The project run by Luca Baldisserri, will evolve gradually starting with kart racing and continuing through the intermediate formulae, before finally reaching the goal of Formula 1.