Ferrari has launched a school for young drivers, but, of course being Ferrari this is no ordinary driving school. For a start the Italian supercar manufacturer and racing legend is not teaching people how to drive on the road, but rather it is selecting talented young racing drivers and training them with the aim of getting them into the highest echelon of motorsport, F1.
Ferrari will select a group of young drivers and then support them as they progress, not just in terms of their racing activities, but also focusing on their personal and professional development. The project, run by Ferrari track manager Luca Baldisserri, will evolve gradually over a period of several years, starting with kart racing and continuing through the intermediate formulae, before finally reaching the goal of F1.
“This program has a very clear goal: to help youngsters develop to the point where, one day, they could fly the Ferrari flag in the F1 World Championship,” said Ferrari F1 team principal Stefano Domenicali. “We plan to take an original approach, covering every angle with them, so that they are as well prepared as possible to tackle every aspect of modern day motor sport.”
The first student to be selected for this program is 20 year old French driver Jules Bianchi, who won this year’s Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in the F3 Euroseries.
The new school will be based near Ferrari’s headquarters in Modena, Italy but will take it students to locations all over the world.
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