James Wharton was born on 8 July 2006 in Bundoora, in the State of Victoria, Australia.
Motorsport runs through his veins as his father used to race karts in Australia and James had his first go in one when he was just two and half years old. His favourite number is 13 and his favourite driver is fellow-countryman Daniel Ricciardo. James is the first winner of the Ferrari Driver Academy’s Scouting World Finals.
Wharton began racing in Australia in 2016 and at the end of the following year, he moved to Europe and finished third in the Mini Max class of the Rotax Max Grand Finals. In 2018, he raced in OK Junior, while he won the KA 100 Junior category of the SKUSA Super National championship in Las Vegas, USA. The next year, still in OK Junior, he finished second in the Winter Cup in Europe, fifth in the WSK Champions Cup and ninth in the WSK Euro Series and in the European CIK-FIA championship. He won the SKUSA Super National X30J class in the States.
In 2020, he came seventh in the WSK Euro Series and in October was selected by FDA partner, Motorsport Australia, to take part in the FDA World Finals. James stood out because of his skills and he won a place in the Academy. He will continue to race karts this year and with the FDA he will also begin an apprenticeship, consisting of a series of tests in a Formula 4 car, with the aim of making his single-seater debut in 2022.