Two talented kartists get prize drive from Ferrari Driver Academy at Fiorano
Maranello, 6 April – Over the past two days, the Ferrari Driver Academy has run a test session in collaboration with the ACI-CSAI for drivers who made their mark on the 2011 Italian karting championship. The initiative is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy’s stated role to educate promising Italian youngsters in the world of racing.
16 year old Antonio Fuoco from Cosenza and 17 year old Alessio Santilli from Pescara took part today in an FDA course which included physical and mental preparation work, followed by time on track at Fiorano at the wheel of a Formula Abarth car. Santilli completed 108 laps, the fastest in 1.14.525, while Fuoco did 87, with a best of 1.13.346, the best ever time for a Formula Abarth at the Fiorano circuit.
It was definitely an eye-opening session for the two kartists who, having taken part in the Supercorso CSAI, will continue to be closely followed as they progress in their profession.
“We try and reward talent,” said Luca Baldisserri, the head of the programme, when the day was over. “We concentrate on psychological awareness while working through a project, rather than outright performance. When it comes to selection, we actually look at various parameters and with the help of psychologists, we try and see if the driver is really motivated. Our job is then to transform their will to succeed into results in the field. Of the twelve youngsters initially chosen from the Italian CSAI Karting championship, some were too young to compete against those eventually chosen, but all showed a great level of preparation, confirming that, here in Italy, talent and motor racing culture are not lacking.”
Also on hand were Raffaele Marciello and Brandon Maisano, students with the Ferrari Academy since 2010 and they were able to give the two kartists some valuable advice to help them make the most of this truly unique opportunity.”