The four FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars drivers have now spent two full days immersed in the world-famous Ferrari Driver Academy as part of the final phase of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission’s innovative talent detection and nurturing programme.
Ahead lie a further two days of track time on the Fiorano circuit in Pirelli-shod Formula 4 cars before the crucial selection where just one driver could be awarded a one-year contract with the Academy for an FIA Formula 4 season in 2021.
Michèle Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, who is also a keen observer at the Ferrari Driver Academy, said: “This is such a key moment in the careers of these young racers and they have come back for the final selection more energised and motivated than ever. They all deserve their place here at the final phase and should feel very proud of their achievements. It is exciting to witness the on-going development of our future female racers at such a young age and I feel sure that with the right opportunities, they all have the potential to climb the racing ladder.”
It has already been a busy schedule for the four drivers who headed to Italy and the town of Maranello, renowned worldwide as the home of Ferrari and the Scuderia Ferrari, the only team to have taken part in all the Formula 1 World Championship seasons. After the mandatory PCR tests prior to arrival in Italy, as well as on-site at the Academy, the drivers have undertaken a full medical, nutritional and physical assessment, as well as a media workshop and technical training. Some of these educational modules aim to train the drivers to use their talent in the best possible way and learn how to communicate effectively.
Peak performance does not only depend on physical abilities however. Emotional and mental welfare are pivotal factors when trying to gain an edge over the competition, and the Ferrari Driver Academy training programme applies innovative neuroscientific methodologies that allow an objective and constant analysis of potential progression. Biofeedback training – a mind and body technique – also helps to make subtle changes to the body and can thereby enhance the management of sports stress and recovery, and the ability to control emotions under pressure.
Ahead of their two test days in the Formula 4 cars, the youngsters also had a session in a Formula 4 simulator, underwent seat fittings and a final assessment to judge their levels of learning and improvement. Thursday and Friday (January 14/15) provide the final opportunity to impress the Ferrari Driver Academy experts who will be analysing all the on and off track data before deciding which of the four drivers is the most deserving of becoming the first female student to join the Academy.
The FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars video series provides a unique insight into the drivers’ journey through this rigorous and exhilarating programme. It is available via the FIA YouTube channel YouTube – FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars
You can find the best photos of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars Final Scouting Camp: here.
Source : Fia