Dutch teenager Maya Weug joins Ferrari as the first female inductee into their driver academy. The selection process was supported by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission. The teenager has been selected to join the Scuderia’s highly valued young drivers’ program.
The Girls On Track initiative launched prior to the 2020 F1 season, last June and was part of the FIA’s long term diversity initiatives.
“The collaboration sees both parties commit to a four-year programme resulting in two drivers potentially joining Ferrari for an FIA Formula 4 Championship season.” said the FIA.
The 16 year old, whose parents are Dutch and Belgian, beat the three other finalists. The competition was held after an evaluation day at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters last week. Maya will now also be given a seat in one of the FIA’s Formula 4 championships this year.
“Maya’s arrival is a clear indication of the Scuderia’s commitment to making motorsport increasingly inclusive, in line with the hashtag supported by the entire Formula 1 community, #weraceasone.
“I will never forget this day! I am so happy to be the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy. Winning the final stage of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme makes me realise that I was right to pursue my dream of becoming a racing driver,” she said.
“I will give my all to show the people who believed in me that I deserve to wear the Ferrari Driver Academy uniform and I can’t wait to come to Maranello to start preparing for my first season of single-seater racing.”
“Maya’s arrival is a clear indication of the Scuderia’s commitment to making motorsport increasingly inclusive, in line with the hashtag supported by the entire Formula 1 community, #weraceasone.”
The Ferrari program is somewhat of a breeding round for future F1 starts. Four members of the 2021 field – Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Mick Schumacher and Ferrari’s own Charles Leclerc – have progressed to F1 seats from the programme.