Maya Weug was the first female driver to be included in Ferrari’s talent program on Friday. The sixteen-year-old Dutchman was the strongest in the ‘FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars’ competition and was awarded a place in the training team of the Italian Formula 1 racing stable.
Weug, who has a Dutch father and a Belgian mother, will compete this year in one of the Formula 4 championships of the international motor sports association FIA with the support of Ferrari.
“I will never forget this day”, Weug exulted after her victory in the talent competition. “I am extremely proud to be the first female driver to be part of Ferrari’s talent program.”
“For me, winning this competition is a confirmation that I made the right choice by following my dream and becoming a driver. I will give everything to show that I am worthy to wear the Ferrari kit. “
A total of twenty young women took part in ‘FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars’, which was organized by the FIA. After a shoot-out, twelve drivers remained, who were allowed to show what they had to offer at various training camps. Of those twelve, four drivers were invited to the Ferrari factory in Maranello, where Weug was declared the winner.
In 2018, NU.nl was present at one of the first talent days, where we spoke with Weug about its ambitions.
‘This is a key moment in our training’
Ferrari is happy that Weug is coming to strengthen the talent factory. “We are very impressed from a physical and competitive point of view with her dedication and preparation,” said Marco Matassa, head of Ferrari’s talent program.
“Although she has little experience with Formula cars, we saw that she was fast and that she quickly picked up on the instructions we gave. From that attitude and from what she has shown both on and off the track, we can conclude that she is ready to embark on this new adventure with us. “
Mattia Binotto is also pleased with the arrival of Weug. The Ferrari team boss speaks of “a key moment in our training”. “The arrival of Maya proves that we no longer see motorsport as something for a limited group. We want the sport to be more diverse.”
At Ferrari, Weug is following in the footsteps of current driver Charles Lecerc and Mick Schumacher, the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, who will be loaned out to Haas F1 next year.
In total, nineteen drivers have been part of Ferrari’s talent program, five of whom also eventually made it to Formula 1.