16-year old Maya Weug has become the first female to join Ferrari’s academy after winning FIA programme Girls on Track.
The initiative was introduced by the FIA in partnership with Ferrari in 2018 with the aim of supporting talented female drivers from the ages of 12 to 16.
Weug, along with Doriane Pin, Antonella Bassani and Julia Ayoub, made it to the final stage of the programme, where they underwent a series of tests, both on and off track.
After prevailing, she will now join the Ferrari academy and drive in Formula 4 next season.
“I will never forget this day. I am so happy to be the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy,” she said.
“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.
“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.”
𝗕𝗘𝗡𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗨𝗧𝗔 𝗠𝗔𝗬𝗔 👋
— FerrariDriverAcademy (@insideFDA) January 22, 2021
The head of the academy, Marco Matassa, has seen Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi and Mick Schumacher all make it to Formula1 in recent years, and is excited for the new member to get started on her “adventure” with the team.
“We were impressed with her dedication and preparation, from a physical perspective and also with her approach to competition,” he said.
“Despite very limited experience in a single-seater, she had a good turn of speed and demonstrated a mastery of the car that meant she could immediately implement the instructions she was given.
“This attitude, along with the results she produced both on and off the track, as well as her open and determined personality, led us to conclude that Maya is ready to start her adventure with us at the FDA.”