FDA Evaluate Next Generation of Stars in Three Day Test


Credit: Ferrari

The Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) recently completed trialing out the next generation of young racers at the Fiorano Circuit. Five drivers were selected for the three-day test in Italy.

The group of young stars were given three days of on-track testing, along with a simulator session to allow the driver’s ability to be accurately measured by the Maranello crew.

Two of the hot-shots have been racing in the Italian Formula 4 Championship this year. Rookie championship runner-up Lorenzo Colombo and third place rookie Simone Cunati have both impressed amongst more experienced drivers.

Cunati picked up three podiums over the course of the season and despite missing the final round, finished as the highest placed Italian driver in seventh. Colombo was far more consistent, though only picked up one overall podium finish at Imola. Both Italian’s lost out to Juri Vips in the rookie standings.

The third driver in the recent roster was 16-year-old Marcus Armstrong. The New Zealand racer has made occasional appearances in Formula Renault, while also competing (as a guest) in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy.

The final two making their entrance in the FDA were; 14-year-old karter, David Vidales and Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi. Vadales originates from Spain and was put forward by Tony Kart after performances this season. While Enzo, son of Emerson Fittipaldi, has spent the season in the Ginetta Junior Championship, though has recently been racing in NACAM Formula 4.