Leclerc and Alesi join Ferrari Driver Academy


Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc and Frenchman Giuliano Alesi have joined the Ferrari Driver Academy ahead of the 2016 season.

Leclerc will compete in the GP3 Series in 2016 with ART GP after a year racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship last season where he took four victories on his way to fourth place in the final standings, while he also finished second in the Macau Grand Prix with Van Amersfoort Racing.

The eighteen-year-old will also be a part of the Haas F1 Team as a Development driver, which could result in him participating in some practice sessions with the American team.

Alesi is also competing in the GP3 Series in 2016 with Trident having stepped up from racing in the French Formula 4 championship last year, and follows in the footsteps of his father Jean Alesi, who raced for Ferrari between 1991 and 1995.

Leclerc and Alesi join Antonio Fuoco and Guan Yu Zhou in its four-driver Academy line-up, with the former racing with Trident in GP3 and the latter in the European Formula 3 Championship with Motopark.

They replace the outgoing Lance Stroll, who now is a development driver with the Williams F1 Team, and Raffaele Marciello, who was dropped by the programme at the end of 2015.