Final Stage of FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars Underway At Maranello
The FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme is in its final stages for 2020, with drivers taking part in an intensive testing process at Maranello from November 10 to 13.
What is “Girls on Track?”
This initiative was put in place by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and is assisted by the Ferrari Driver Academy. The aim is to promoting women in motorsport by identifying talented 12-16 year old girls, then nurturing that talent.
Girls on Track – Rising Stars started in February 2020. The FIA whittled down a list of 145 possible candidates to just 20, following a world-wide search.
Shortly after, the group of 20 girls converged on the Paul Ricard Circuit in France, despite travel difficulties. A shoot-out was held to sort the candidates down to a final number of 12.
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Those 12 drivers then attended a training camp at Le Castellet, where they were assessed in identical karts. They also took part in off-track activities, such as psychological and physical assessments, plus media training.
From there, the drivers participated in a Formula 4 training camp, again at Circuit Paul Ricard. This was where their progress was assessed by judges, including FDA driver Arthur Leclerc.
Finally, four drivers were selected from the initial 145 entrants to spend four days at Maranello. They will be put through another series of tests as they learn what life as an FDA driver is like.
The four drivers selected are:
Brazilians Julia Ayoub, 15 years old, and Antonella Bassani, 14 years old; from France, Doriane Pin, 16 years old; Maya Weug, also 16, born in Spain with a Belgian mother and a Dutch father.
The training camp concludes on Friday 13 November. The FDA experts will then analyse the data and performances of all four drivers. One candidate will be picked to become the first female student to drive at the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Here’s what the head of the FIA and Ferrari had to say about the Rising Stars initiative:
FIA President, Jean Todt
“I would like to thank all the partners of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme for their commitment and to congratulate the four selected drivers. This is a pivotal time in their young careers. I wish them much success during this final stage of the programme and have no doubt they will be even more motivated now they are immersed in the Ferrari family. As you know, promoting gender equality and diversity in motorsport is one of the priorities of the FIA and its #PurposeDriven movement and I salute this achievement.”
Team Principal & Managing Director Scuderia Ferrari, Mattia Binotto
“We are pleased and proud that the first edition of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme, devised in conjunction with the Ferrari Driver Academy now comes to a conclusion at the Fiorano track, a stone’s throw from our headquarters. Scuderia Ferrari was keen to get involved in this partnership with the FIA, because it’s a great opportunity to establish a well structured motorsport training route for young women who want to race, while also promoting the fact that there are no gender barriers in motor racing. his has been a very important year for the FDA, which has expanded its scouting programme worldwide, culminating in the World Finals held at Fiorano two weeks ago. The completion of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme is another important step for the Academy which has already given and continues to give Ferrari so much satisfaction.”