A meticulous selection process has identified six young talents in collaboration with the Ferrari Academy’s scouting program partners. This collaborative effort allows the Academy to closely monitor the performance of hundreds of drivers across circuits and championships worldwide each year. Among these valuable partnerships, we find Tony Kart and ACI Sport representing Europe, Motorsport Australia overseeing the entire Asia-Pacific region, and Escuderìa Telmex supporting Latin America.
Two promising talents have emerged from the heart of Europe, both born in the class of 2008. One is René Lammers, a Dutch sensation and son of a renowned racing figure. René made an exceptional impression during the recent evaluation camp held in Fiorano. In his successful 2023 karting season, he clinched the European title in the OK class and secured a remarkable second place at the World Championship. The second standout talent from Europe is Emanuele Olivieri, an accomplished OK-class kart racer, skillfully spotted by ACI Sport. He undoubtedly stands as one of Italy’s most promising young talents.
Meanwhile, Motorsport Australia’s extensive scouting efforts have brought forth two representatives from nations previously unrepresented at the World Finals. First is the Filipino sensation, William Go, another 2008-class OK kart racer. Second, we have Enzo Yeh, a young talent hailing from Taipei. In 2023, Enzo triumphed with two Asian karting championships and then focused on a season of rigorous testing in Formula 4 cars.
Turning our attention to the candidates recognized by Escuderìa Telmex, we encounter Pedro Clerot from Brazil. Born in 2007, Pedro achieved a remarkable feat by securing the Brazilian Formula 4 championship in 2022. This year, he expanded his horizons by participating in the Spanish series and the F4 UAE. Our second candidate is Colombian native Pedro Juan Moreno, also born in 2007, a fresh champion of Formula 4 NACAM. Despite the remaining round in the season, Pedro will not compete since it coincides with the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Mexico City.
Immersed in the Heart of the Action
The aspiring talents made their way to the Scuderia’s headquarters at 27 Enzo Ferrari Street in Maranello yesterday afternoon. There, they were greeted by the Ferrari Driver Academy’s Director, Marco Matassa, and his dedicated team. Starting today, they embark on a rigorous journey of evaluation tests designed to showcase their physical prowess, mental acumen for the demanding life of a racing driver, and their ability to navigate important aspects such as sponsor relationships and media interaction.
As their journey unfolds, they will embark on a track walk on Thursday, where they’ll familiarize themselves with the Fiorano circuit. Subsequently, Friday and Saturday, this circuit will serve as the primary stage for the six candidates. Here, they will participate in a simulated race utilizing a Formula 4 car generously provided by the Prema team. This car is equipped with Pirelli tires, in collaboration with the Ferrari scouting program. These tires match those used in the Italian championship.
A Guiding Force
To provide invaluable support to both the aspiring candidates and the FDA staff during the evaluation phase, Tuukka Taponen, the victor of the previous FDA Scouting World Finals, will be present. This season, Tuukka achieved significant milestones in his racing career. Competing in the F4 UAE series, he secured the runner-up position. Additionally, he showcased his skills in Formula 4 Italia and Euro4, achieving an impressive record of five victories, four pole positions, and 14 podium finishes in total. Tuukka Taponen will serve as the “reference driver,” laying the foundation for the other candidates as he takes the first laps on both days.
Path to Selection
At the conclusion of the week’s assessments, all candidates will return to their respective homes. The FDA’s skilled technicians will then convene to analyze the wealth of data collected and make necessary comparisons. This intricate evaluation process considers more than just speed; it evaluates the management of a simulated race weekend, learning capacity, and the developmental trajectory of performance. As for kart racers, their experience driving Formula 4 cars is more limited, which requires a more extensive analysis process spanning several days. Nonetheless, this comprehensive assessment process will lead to the final decision that will determine the victor of the FDA Scouting World Finals. For this fortunate individual, the future holds the possibility of joining the Academy, embarking on a challenging yet incredibly ambitious journey with the ultimate aspiration of stepping into the cockpit of a Formula 1 Ferrari race car.
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Comments from Manager Marco Matassa
“The start of the FDA Scouting World Finals is always an exciting moment for all of us. We are proud to open the doors of our headquarters to these six promising young talents. I wish them the best and hope that we will be able to find a talent worthy of joining our group this year, just as we have done in recent years with Oliver Bearman, Rafael Camara, and Tuukka Taponen. I would like to thank all the partners of our scouting program, without whom our ability to identify the best talents from around the world would not be as developed. Tony Kart, ACI Sport, Motorsport Australia, and Escuderìa Telmex are vital allies for this pillar of the FDA project. I look forward to working with René, Emanuele, William, Enzo, Pedro, and Pedro Juan. I invite them to enjoy themselves and show us what they’re made of. Good luck to all.”