In recent years, a very important aspect of F1 has been represented by Academy of young pilots. Originally, it was only Red Bull that continually focused on creating a nursery of budding talent from which to draw. Now, however, all the main teams have their own youth structure and use the teams to which they supply the engines to try to immediately promote the most promising talents in Formula 1, so as to allow them to acquire experience and – if possible – transfer them later to ‘prima. squad’. All the most interesting young people of today’s Circus come from these structures.
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc and George Russell have all been weaned in modern racing academies, just to limit themselves to the most talked about talents of recent months. For the stables, therefore, it is always important to carefully evaluate the performance of their youngsters. The 2020 it had been a particularly good year for Ferrari from this point of view. In fact, in the first four positions of the final classification of F2, three drivers were part of the FDA: the winner Mick Schumacher, the second classified Callum Ilott and the fourth in the classification, Robert Shwarztman.
Of the three, the Russian, who had won the F3 title in 2019, is the only one left in the category. Schumacher was in fact promoted to F1, while Ilott became third driver for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. However, this year’s results are not as good. Shwarztman in fact he is currently third in the ranking, at -17 from the leader Piastri, while the other young Ferrari driver, Marcus Armstrong, is 14th. The same team principal as the redhead, Mattia Binotto, confessed the disappointment for a year below the team’s expectations. “Sand I look at the drivers of the Ferrari Driver Academy, there is no doubt that in terms of results they are not as good as last year – admitted Binotto – in 2020, especially in F2, we had great results. This is not the case [di quest’anno]. So on the whole we can’t be as happy as we were ”.