More drivers for Ferrari Driver Academy

Mirko Bortolotti is one of three "new kids" in the FDA

Mar.5 (YF1) The Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) is taking its first steps and widens its group of participants. As of today there are three more young talents taking part in the project by the manufacturer from Maranello, joining Jules Bianchi: Mirko Bortolotti, Daniel Zampieri and Raffaele Marciello.

Both, Bortolotti and Zampieri, won the Italian Formula 3 – Mirko in the year 2008, Daniel in 2009. These successes enabled them to drive a Ferrari Formula 1 single-seater during the tests the Scuderia has been organising, in collaboration with ACI-CSAI, over the last two years for the first three in the national racing series’ classification.

The 15-year-old Marciello impressed in last years international kart Championship and will debut in 2010 in a single-seater, racing in the Formula Abarth with the JD Motorsport team. The other three drivers will participate on the international stage: Bianchi will race in the GP2 with ART Grand Prix, Bortolotti in GP3 with the Addax team, while Zampieri will participate in the World Series 3.5 with Pons Racing.

Meanwhile an agreement with the organisers of Formula Future Fiat, the new Brazilian racing series under the patronage of Felipe Massa, has been signed. The series will start on 25 April in Interlagos during the Racing Festival, with the Trofeo Linea and the 600 Supersport, a motorbike competition. Formula Future Fiat will be held with Signatech cars fitted with engines from Fiat Powertrain with 150 BHP involving young kart drivers who are at least 16 years old, who want to try a single-seater. The winner of this series’ first edition will participate in the 2011 Ferrari Driver Academy.