Ferrari will host the final stage of the Girls on Track initiative, with a spot in the Ferrari Driver Academy on the line.
Back in June the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and Ferrari launched the initiative with the goal of identifying a new generation of female talent in motorsport, open to girls between the ages of 12 and 16.
After scouring the globe across the FIA’s 145 national sporting authorities, the 20 drivers invited to take part have now been whittled down to a final four, with the prize on offer being a potential opportunity to take part in the 2021 FIA Formula 4 season with FDA backing.
Julia Ayoub, 15 and Antonella Bassani, 14 both from Brazil, along with 16-year-old Doriane Pin from France and Maya Weug, 16, who holds Dutch and Belgian citizenship, are all set to take part in the final stage.
Held at the Ferrari Driver Academy in Maranello, Italy, the four prospects will partake in the Ferrari Driver Academy Scouting Camp, the fifth and final stage of the Girls on Track initiative.
The five-day programme will include “physical aptitude tests, communication skills, attitudinal tests and simulator driving sessions as well as a series of lessons on the sporting regulations and behaviour on track. Two days of Formula 4 track time on the Fiorano circuit conclude the programme ahead of the critical final selection.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has made it clear that the outfit are fully committed to adding a female driver to their Academy.
“We are increasing the number of drivers of the Ferrari Driver Academy,” he previously said.
“The Academy also looks for women in the future — women should be part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. That’s something on which we are working right now to make sure that it may happen very soon.”
Female motorsport will of course gain a huge boost in 2021 after the W Series was confirmed as part of the Formula 1 support calendar at selected races for the 2021 campaign.
Jamie Chadwick, who won the inaugural W Series in 2019 and went on to join the Williams driver programme, has already confirmed that she will return to defend her crown.
The full 2021 W Series schedule is as follows:
Le Castellet, France (French Grand Prix) – June 26
Spielberg, Austria (Austrian Grand Prix) – July 3
Silverstone, England (British Grand Prix) – July 17
Budapest, Hungary (Hungarian Grand Prix) – July 31
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (Belgian Grand Prix) – August 28
Zandvoort, Netherlands (Dutch Grand Prix) – September 4
Austin, USA (United States Grand Prix) – October 23
Mexico City, Mexico (Mexican Grand Prix) – October 30