The second season of the Girls on Track-Rising Stars spotting operation, organized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Richard Mille to select four teenage girls aged 14-16 who will have the chance to attend the prestigious Ferrari Driving Academy. (FDA) concluded Wednesday evening at the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet.
During the month of November, four female apprentice drivers attending a final assessment course in Maranello (Ferrari headquarters) was a question within the Italian Academy to determine if any of them had the potential to participate. Young Dutch driver Maya Weug (17), who won last year and whose contract will be extended in 2022.
An additional level of detection in karting
Seventy-three filings had been sent to the FIA by National Sports Authorities around the world. The four girls selected to go to Maranello are Brazilian (Julia Ayoub, 16, already in the top 4 in 2021), Russian (Victoria Blokhina, 14), and Spanish (Laura Camps Torras, 16 and Clarissa Dervic, 15). Unlike last year with Doriane Pin, no French will be invited to Maranello.
One of these four young girls could join the Ferrari Driver’s Academy in 2022. (M. de Mattia/Dppi)
2020 winner Maya Weug was part of the jury this year. In his first motorsport season, he finished 6th in the rookie standings in the highly competitive Italian F4 championship, but failed to score in the main championship. “However, he has progressed enough and has proven Ferrari’s potential to keep him a second year at the academy. He points to former rally woman Michèle Mouton, chairman of the FIA Women’s Commission in Motorsport. Because I remind you: If we’re lucky, the Ferrari Driving Academy now allocates a place for a young girl, it’s not systematic. If no girl shows comparable potential to a young boy in this 2021 promotion of Girls on Track or the next, the academy will not force itself to take on a girl. »
On the other hand, Ferrari and the FIA have added an additional level to their detection program this year: four “youngsters” aged 10 to 14, selected for the 2022 season, paid in one in karting, one in boat. camp at the FDA. “Even young girls!” This is really important, Emphasizes Michèle Mouton. If we want to one day have the chance to see a woman come to the highest level to drive in Formula 1, it is this level, this lower part of the scale, where we need to be interested in discovering talent from a young age. , as with any pilot. »
Théo Pourchaire was on the jury
“Maya deserves a second year; this season has matured and progressed well, notes ex-single Cathy Muller. If her results don’t reflect that enough, it’s because in the few situations where she could aim for the top 10, she still has never been a victim of the girl syndrome! We’ve seen kids pull him off the track by slamming on the brakes where they’d probably never be able to resist another driver! There’s still one race left. He’s a fighter, otherwise Ferrari wouldn’t have given him a second chance. »
Maya Weug will then qualify for a Formula 3 test at Magny-Cours on November 10, as Doriane Pin (17), who has continued her apprenticeship after the Clio Cup in a Ferrari this season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. The 488 GT3 of the Iron Lynx women’s team (5th in the standings).
“They reminded me of my beginnings, laughing F2 driver Théo Pourchaire (18), the next French steering candidate in F1, and Paul Ricard’s jury member set reference times in F4 for the detection process. I was a bit like them in the beginning, it was interesting to follow. I watched them get on and chat with the engineers. They are pilots. Some are impressively mature. It was great to see them making progress during these few days because some of them started from afar. »