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Ferrari Announces Two New Academy Drivers

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Look out for two new names in the world of motorsport as Ferrari announced that Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of Formula One champion and Indy 500 winner Emerson, will join their driver academy next month.

Their signings are the latest development to their pool of drivers after signing Antonio Giovinazzi as their third driver.

New Zealander Armstrong, 16, has raced in his own country and Europe in his career, racing in the British Formula Three Autumn Trophy three times and twice in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and 2.0 NEC championships this year. He is set to run in the Toyota Racing Series for M2 Competition at the start of 2017.

Brazilian Fittipaldi, 15, raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2016, a support series to the British Touring Car Championship. He also competed in the Mexican Formula Four series at the end of October, with a sixth-place result in his second race after failing to finish his first.

He comes from the large three-generation family of Fittipaldi racers that includes his brother Pietro, 20, who raced in Formula V8 3.5 in 2016.

Both drivers took part in testing at the team’s Fiorano test track last month and have impressed enough for a chance in the academy. They are the first drivers from their countries to be part of the team’s academy and 12th and 13th members altogether.

No other drivers from New Zealand are currently involved with any Formula One teams, while Fittipaldi joins Red Bull junior Sergio SetteCamara as a name from Brazil who could perform well in motorsport in future years.

The drivers join European Formula Three driver Guan Yu Zhou, and three drivers who raced in GP3 in 2016, Giuliano Alesi, Antonio Fuoco and champion Charles Leclerc as possible future hopes for the team.

Three Academy drivers have made it to Formula One since it began in 2009, with former alumni including the late Jules Bianchi, Sergio Perez, and 2017 Williams driver Lance Stroll.

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson has been a watcher of Formula 1 since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into motorsport, consistently discussing things about this great sport since 2016.