It could be argued that today's Formula 1 landscape is lacking a lot of things. Conspicuously, it's lacking female drivers. Without delving into the myriad reasons for this, Ferrari has clearly had enough of a lack of female representation in the world's premier motorsport. So the team has decided to take matters into its own hands.
A report from ESPN reveals that Ferrari is actively attempting to recruit women into its F1 development programme, the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA). The report directly quotes Ferrari's team principal Mattia Binotto, where he states that "the Academy will also look for women in the future — women should be part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. That's something we are working right now to make sure that it will happen very soon. Ferrari is always investing in the future to make sure that we can be stronger and stronger over the medium and long term."
If true, these are some very strong and reassuring words from Binotto regarding the participation of women in F1 in the future. While Ferrari would not be the first team to have a female driver on the payroll (inaugural W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is already signed to Williams as a development driver and Tatiana Calderon became a test driver for Sauber in 2018), it could be the first F1 team in modern times to have a female driver on the main team.
Proper female representation in F1 is long overdue. Maybe in the near future we'll have Ferrari to thank for finally including women in the upper echelons of motorsport, a typically male-dominated arena.
DRIVE YOUR OWN F1 CAR (SORT OF)
Let's face it, the vast majority of us will never get to drive, let alone race, a full-blooded F1 car. There's always the realm of remote-controlled cars though. This Maisto is a 1:24 scale replica of Ferrari's 2017 car that was driven by Sebastian Vettel. It's an officially licensed piece of Ferrari merchandise, so it's incredibly accurate to the real life car.