Ferrari has made history by signing 16-year-old Maya Weug as the first female member in their prestigious Driver Academy. Working in partnership with the FIA Girls on Track Rising Stars programme, Weug won a shootout process against three other female drivers. Girl Power!
The Dutch-Belgian karting superstar excelled against the other talented women all fighting for the opportunity to join the Driver Academy. As well as being part of the exclusive academy, Maya will also be taking part in one of the FIA-certified F4 Championships in 2021.
Although Maya re-writes history and becomes the first female talent in the Driver academy since its inception in 2009, Ferrari has offered all four finalists an incredible opportunity to drive a 488 Challenge EVO. #GOALS
“I will never forget this day! I am so happy to be the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy,” Maya said about the achievement.
“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.”
We’re all here for more diversity in motorsport and look forward to seeing what the future brings for this new and exciting talent.
She joins an elite list of Ferrari Driver Academy members that have previously included Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, Mick Schumacher and Lance Stroll – all of whom are on the current F1 grid.
Although being part of the Ferrari family doesn’t guarantee an F1 drive in the future, it’s an important step in the right direction and will see Maya receive plenty of support from the Maranello-based team.
“This is an important moment in Maya Weug’s career, and I extend my warmest congratulations to all four drivers who reached this final selection,” FIA president Jean Todt said about the amazing news.
“The FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme is key to our commitment to supporting gender diversity in our sport. I would like to thank Ferrari Driver Academy all our partners who have joined us in embracing such an innovative and positive initiative.”
The last woman to start an F1 race was Italian Lella Lombardi, who raced between 1975 and 1976.