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Ferrari creates young driver programme

Ferrari Driver Academy set up by the Scuderia; Jules Bianchi named as the first recruit.
Ferrari has set up a new initiative to help young drivers from around the world get into F1, it was announced on Friday.

The Ferrari Driver Academy will be run by former team manager Luca Baldisserri and according to the Scuderia it will be based on a 'different philosophy to other schemes of this type', as the candidates will be supported not only in terms of their racing but also in terms of their personal and professional development.

In addition the project will be supported by the ACI-CSAI, the sporting arm of the Italian Automobile Club, which will collaborate on the programme through the Federation's race school at Vallelunga.

"This programme has a very clear goal: to help youngsters develop to the point where, one day, they could fly the Ferrari flag in the F1 World Championship," said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

"We plan to take an original approach, covering every angle with them, so that they are as well prepared as possible to tackle every aspect of modern day motor sport."

2009 Formula 3 Euroseries champion Jules Bianchi, who tested for the Scuderia at the young driver test at Jerez recently, is the first youngster to be selected for the Ferrari Driver Academy.

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