Teen is first female driver to join Ferrari Driver Academy

Maya Weug has made history by becoming the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy.

Maya Weug

Weug, 16, was selected from the final stage of the Girls on Track – Rising Stars initiative, a program run jointly by Ferrari and motorsport governing body the FIA.

The evaluation camp took place at Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy, and saw Weug beat competition from 17-year-old Doriane Pin, 14-year-old Antonella Bassani and 15-year-old Julia Ayoub.

It means Weug, who started karting at the age of seven, earns a place in the Academy which seeks to prepare talented young drivers for a potential career in motorsport.

“I will never forget this day! I am so happy to be the first female driver to join the Ferrari Driver Academy,” said the Netherlands’ Weug, who was born in Spain to a Belgian mother and Dutch father.

Four students have so far progressed from the Academy to Formula One, including current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.