FDA enjoys successful program in Asia Pacific
Saturday 01 October, 2022
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The Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) Asia Pacific and Oceania Selection Program has officially wrapped up for 2022.
In what was an intense three days of testing, the 23 drivers invited to participate in the program at Sepang International Circuit did their best to impress representatives from the FDA behind the wheel of Formula 4 Cars.
More than 7000 kilometres and 1400 laps were completed over the course of the event as drivers showed plenty of pace and consistency in the cars.
While only six were able to progress through to the final stage on Wednesday, all drivers were highly impressive. They were able to take plenty away from the event courtesy of training courses focused on fitness and nutrition, data analysis, media and social media, as well as sponsorship, which were headed up by a number of experts from around the world.
Overseeing the program was Head of the FDA, Marco Matassa, who was thrilled that the event was finally able to take place after two years of delays.
“We have been waiting for this event for three years since we started our partnership with Motorsport Australia and this year is the big year,” Matassa said.
“The atmosphere has been magical and the enthusiasm of the group has been high and intense. It is a memory I will keep for a long time.
“The competition was really close and pretty tough. Overall the level has been really good and to make the call (for the top six) took long hours, because we had to look at at all the data and lap times.
“It was not easy because there was a lot of data and it was a close battle.
“I would like to thank the drivers for coming - many of whom had to fly from all around the region to get to Malaysia. This is a great message for the whole community of motorsport.”
Matassa will now head back to Ferrari’s home base in Maranello to assess the data before a decision will be made to select the top two drivers in the coming weeks.
The two winning drivers from the regional selection program will then head off to Italy for the World Scouting Finals on 24-28 October with the winner of the global event to secure a seat in the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy.