Ferrari on Friday signed up 16-year-old Maya Weug, the first female to join their academy which has nurtured the talent of Formula one drivers like Charles Leclerc.
Weug, born and raised in Spain, will compete in Formula 4 this year backed by the academy which also counts Formula One rookie Mick Schumacher among its success stories.
The teenager of Dutch-Belgian origins began racing in a secondhand kart shared with her brother at the age of seven in 2011.
While a number of women drivers have attempted to qualify for a Formula One Grand Prix the last to succeed was Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.
Female test and development drivers with F1 teams have included Susie Wolff, wife of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
So happy to be going to the next phase of the @fiawim Girls On Track - Rising Stars ?? program! In a few weeks time we’ll be driving around @circuitpaulricard with the F4 of @winfieldracingschool— maya_weug (@WeugMaya) October 17, 2020
Massive thanks to everyone making this program possible! pic.twitter.com/JCwEByp9QK