The Ferrari Academy, which is now being run by former sporting director Massimo Rivola and has been rebranded with a new logo, now has two new youngsters on its books: Monaco’s Charles Leclerc and a Frenchman called Alesi, Giuliano Alesi, the son of former F1 racer Jean. Leclerc is a celebrated artist and has been racing in Formula 3. He will soon move to GP3 with ART Grand Prix. In addition to being in the academy, he will be a Ferrari development driver, working with the Haas team.
Alesi has done only two seasons in karts and one in French Formula 4 and will now move up to GP3.
The other Academy drivers are Antonio Fuoco, another GP3 driver, who is also a Ferrari development driver, andGuan Yu Zhou, who finished second in last year’s Italian Formula 4 Championship and will move into Formula 3 this year.
Gone from the programme are Raffaele Marciello and Lance Stroll, both of whom have been involved for five seasons. Others who were involved since the programme began in 2009 include the late Jules Bianchi, Mirko Bortolotti, Daniel Zampieri, Sergio Perez and Brandon Maisano. The idea of preparing young drivers dates back to when Felipe Massa was a youngster and was under Ferrari’s wing during his years at Sauber.