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Formula 1 Ferrari Junior: Ferrari accepts woman in academy

Ferrari accepts woman in academy

Ferrari is looking for a woman for Formula 1. Maya Weug will be promoted as a junior in 2021 by the most successful F1 team in history.

Mick Schumacher gets a girl as a teammate in the Ferrari Junior Academy. Ferrari added 16-year-old Maya Weug to the junior squad in 2021 – with the aim of getting a woman into Formula 1.
Ferrari works together with the world automobile association FIA. As part of the “Girls on Track” initiative, the FIA ​​selected Ferrari from 20 female applicants – the best in order to promote them in a targeted manner, ideally up to Formula 1. Maya Weug prevailed, most recently in Formula 4 test drives against the three other finalists Julia Ayoub (15 / Brazil), Antonella Bassini (14 / Brazil) and Doriane Pin (17 / France).
Weug is of course very happy: “I have no words! I’ve dreamed for so long that one day I could work with Ferrari. Now is that moment. I’m so happy.”

Weug successful kart driver

Ferrari sports director Laurent Mekies says: “Diversity is important to us, and we are convinced that even more women would be interested in motorsport if more women compete in races. We want to contribute to this. The long-term goal is of course to bring a woman back into Formula 1. “

Ferrari accepts woman in academy

Maya Weug will be promoted by Ferrari as a junior in 2021

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Maya Weug is the right person for this in Ferrari’s eyes. She is the daughter of a Belgian mother and a Dutch father whose enthusiasm for karting has spread to her daughter. She lives in Spain and drove in the kart series with a Spanish license.

The 16-year-old delivered more than remarkable results: She came 17th out of 128 participants in the 2020 European Championship. In the WSK Euro Series she was twelfth among 63 pilots.

Ferrari is looking for a second wife

That impressed Ferrari just like their performance in the elimination. The junior program has already brought Jules Bianchi, Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi and, in 2021, Mick Schumacher into Formula 1. The full Ferrari junior squad for 2021 is not yet known.

There should be a new elimination procedure in 2021. The winner will be the second woman to join the junior squad in 2022.

So far, two of the 767 pilots in the World Championship have been women. Maria Teresa de Filippis started with a private Maserati in the 1950s. The best result in her three starts was tenth in Belgium in 1968. Lella Lombardi, also from Italy, even contested twelve Grands Prix between 1974 and 1976 and even scored half a World Championship point in sixth at the 1975 Spanish GP.

Two women so far in Formula 1

Three other women tried to qualify in vain: Divina Galica, Desiré Wilson (who won a race with a Wolf-Ford Cosworth F1 racing car in the British Formula 1 championship in 1980) and Giovanna Amati in 1992 as the last one so far.

Toto Wolff’s wife Susie did a Friday training session for Williams in 2015. After all, Katherine Legge also came to test drives in Formula 1 in 2005 for Minardi, María de Vilotta in 2011 and 2012 for Marussia and Simona de Silvestro in 2014 and 2015 at Sauber. Tatiana Calderón has also been a test driver at Alfa Romeo since 2017.
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