Ferrari will be running a 2010 F1 car at Vallelunga later this week to provide prize drives for the latest generation of rising stars in Italian Formula 3. In previous years the top three in the Italian series have been run but this year’s third-place man Brandon Maisano is already a member of the Ferrari Academy and so his place has been taken by Spain’s Daniel Juncadella, the winner of the European F3 Series. The other two Italian F3 stars will be Eddie Cheever III and Riccardo Agostini. Cheever is the son of former Grand Prix driver Eddie Cheever Jr, who raced in F1 for 11 years with nine different teams but never managed to win a race. After F1 he started his own team in IndyCar racing and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1998.
Eddie III was born in Rome in 1993 and drove his first kart when he was nine. He did not go racing until he was 13 but then moved on to attend the Henry Morrogh Racing School and in 2009 took part in his first car races in the Swiss Formula Renault Championship. He went on to the Italian Formula Abarth championship and then moved into F3 in 2011. The series is rather complicated this year, with two parallel titles. Cheever won one of them and was third in the other. This was won by Riccardo Agostini, an 18-year-old from Padua, who previously spent two years in Formula Abarth. He was runner-up to Cheever in the second series and the top rookie.