Ferrari has announced Dutch/Belgian Maya Weug as the winner of the Girls On Track Rising Stars programme, a programme created to find the next female F1 driver and give her an opportunity to make the step into single-seaters.
In June of this year, the FIA Women In Motorsport Commission launched the all new Rising Stars programme. Twenty female drivers, aged 12-16, would be chosen to undergo three training camps to show their talent and potential to convince a set of judges that they should win a 2021 F4 seat. Under the watchful eye of the FIA WIM Commission and its president Michèle Mouton, the twenty drivers completed a series of assessments to evaluate their physical, mental, and driving skills.
The programme started with a two-day shootout and three-day training camp back in October at the circuit of Paul Ricard. After several workshops, media training, and karting runs, eight girls were picked to participate in the final two training camps. These training camps would be Formula 4 focused.
The final four were chosen after an intense Formula 4 training camp at Paul Ricard, just two weeks after the first. These were Maya Weug, Doriane Pin, Antonella Bassani and Julia Ayoub.
The final training camp of the programme was postponed from November to January after one of the participants tested positive for COVID19. On Monday January 11 it was finally time for the final selection at the Ferrari base in Maranello. After three days of off-track activities; technical training, mental and physical assessments, stress management, and sim sessions, the girls were finally allowed to do what they love most; drive really fast cars around Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit. It was the last time for the racing drivers to show the judges that they would be the best pick for the Ferrari Driver Academy and Formula 4 seat. FDA driver Dino Beganovic and 2021 Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr surprised them with some last pieces of advice.
After a week of deliberation, the Ferrari Driver Academy, together with the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission has chosen Maya Weug as the winner of the programme.
Weug is part of the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy and races with Birel ART in the WSK Euro Series. She also competed in the World Championships this year. Weug started karting when she was 7 years old. She became the Copa de Campeones champion in 2015 and won the WSK Final Cup race in the 60 Mini class, beating 33 others. She drove in the OKJ class in 2018, finishing the year 16th.
Which F4 Championship Weug will drive in will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Most other FDA drivers have also not announced their 2021 plans yet.