The ACI-CSAI and the FDA give a new project focused on young drivers the go-ahead
Last weekend meeting at the “ Marco Simoncelli” Misano World Circuit was not only a turning point for the the Italian Formula ACI CSAI Abarth and Formula 3 European Series Championships, but also a great hall for the new project planned by ACI CSAI and the Ferrari Driver Academy in order to support young drivers.
During last Thursday’s collective tests, along with more experienced Formula Abarth drivers, also Antonio Fuoco and Federico Pezzolla, the two kart drivers selected last year by FDA, ACI CSAI and the Federation School, got on track behind the wheel of the two Tatuus FA provided by the Federation itself.
Both Fuoco and Pezzolla competed with the official drivers of the series, running an amazing test session.
“ The one in Misano was the first of four meetings in which even the two cars of the Federation, driven by the three finalists of the Supercorso and by those young drivers selected during the five races of the Italian kart Championship, will be involved ”, says Gian Carlo Minardi, the ACSI-CSAI young driver programme organizer “ A driver is selected by the FDA, so is Antonio Fuoco, while the other one is selected by the Federation School in collaboration with ACI-CSAI, this is the case of Federico Pezzolla. This is a very interesting solution as it gives national fame drivers a chance of exposure during a race week end, driving a training car such as the Tatuus on very important tracks.
Fuoco was able to place among the first positions in qualifying, missing the pole for just few tenths. Very good debut also for Pezzolla, for whom that was the first race weekened behind the wheel of a Tatuus. While Fuoco had already driven that car during winter tests, Federico had only attended the Federation course in order to get a license. Next meeting will take place in Imola and will be followed by Vallelunga and Monza, where only the fastest driver will race. We’re trying to improve step by step and, as a Federation, we’re also trying to find some institutional sponsors who can give us the possibility of supporting young racers”, says also the manager from Faenza.