Ferrari Driver Academy: The six finalists have been selected, and there is also Fittipaldi – Formula 1

Young drivers who will be selected have been selected Maranello Next week – from October 24 to 28 – for the FDA World Scout Finals, or the final phase of assessment and selection that will see the best talent from around the world as champions. It is located around Six boys between the ages of 14 and 16 who will compete in Maranello and Fiorano with the goal of becoming part of the Ferrari Drivers’ Academy (FDA).

organisation. This year also in the selection of FDA candidates, it was able to count on its global scouting network that relies on different partners: from Tony Kart to monitor the enormous panorama of the preparatory class par excellence, to ACI Sport for single-seater competitions in Italy and Europe, from Escuderia Telmex, responsible for all America Latin, to Motorsport Australia to select talent in the Asia Pacific region.

Six pilots. A young man from Europe: He is Finn Tuukka Taponen, born in 2006, is already present at the 2021 World Scout Finals as well as the current Vice-Champion of World Karting in the OK class. Then there Rashid Al Dhaheri, a 2008 class kart driver from the UAE who has shown interesting potential this season. The other four finalists were chosen at the two events recently organized by our transcontinental scouting partners, Motorsport Australia and Escuderia Telmex. Jack Peyton And the Gianmarco Pradel, aged 14 and 16 respectively, are both Australian and in 2022 participated in karting and Formula 4 in their country. The two emerged as the most interesting profiles from the selection organized by Motorsport Australia in Sepang. Maranello’s newest expected talent was selected instead with Escuderia Telmex at the event in Puebla, Mexico: they Emerson Fittipaldi Junior, a 15-year-old Brazilian competing in Formula 4 in Italy, e Jesse Carraquedoa Mexican, is also 15 and made his Formula 4 debut in this year’s Spanish series.

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in Maranello. On Monday, October 24, the boys are expected to run at the Scuderia headquarters where they will take a series of assessment tests aimed at highlighting each other’s physical abilities, as well as their mental preparations to manage professional sports life, inside. and outside it. This includes driving on the Fiorano track, behind the wheel of Formula 4 cars fitted with Pirelli tires similar to those used in the Italian championship. At the end of the event, Ferrari technicians will meet to determine if they include those who have the skills to become part of the academy and embark on a very challenging but equally ambitious path: to become the official Scuderia Ferrari driver and race in Formula 1 for the Prancing Horse, just as it happened with Charles Leclerc as of 2019.

Marco Matasa (President of the Ferrari Drivers Academy): “The FDA World Scout Finals is a very important event for us. Together with our partners – ACI Sport, Tony Kart, Escuderia Telmex and Motorsport Australia – we have selected six men from four continents and five different countries, based solely on talent, skills and potential, regardless of the possibilities. It was especially pleasing to see how, after nearly three years of waiting due to the pandemic, the structure we had been thinking of exploring was finally put into practice, with the events of Sepang and Puebla making it possible to evaluate the boys in the field, and to choose the best Like we do here in Maranello with European talent at least twice a year. I can’t wait to welcome the finalists here in Maranello and start working with them.”

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