Rising Star Maya Weug has made history after becoming the first female driver signed by the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy.
At 16, she competed in the final stage of the Girls on Track – Rising Stars initiative, a five-day long scouting camp hosted by both Ferrari and the FIA – the Formulae motorsport governing body.
Taking place at Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy, Weug was selected over twenty other prospects promoted by their national motor sport authorities. Acceptance into the Academy will prepare and propel her forward into a motorsport career.
The Academy aims to identify and train young, talented drivers, preparing them to advance to the Formula One grid. So far four students, including Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, have made the jump.
The Dutch racer has been destined to be behind the wheel since she started karting at seven years old. She understands the significance of the occasion, expressing not only her pride, but her gratitude for the opportunity.
“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 program 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.”
She will return to Maranello to begin training and preparation her for the F4 Championships later on in the season.
FIA President Jean Todt states that the “Girls on Track – Rising Stars program is ‘our key commitment to supporting gender diversity in our sport’.
Only two women, Maria Teresa de Filippis (1958) and Lella Lombardi (1975) have raced in an F1 grand prix, while only six have participated in a race weekend.
Will Maya Weug be the next woman to join them?