Ferrari Signs Deal with Sauber's Sergio Perez

Ferrari has now celebrated a full year since the official Ferrari Driver Academy kick-off, which happened around this time in 2009. Back then, it was French driver Jules Bianchi who first signed up for the programme, a decision that ultimately got him a place inside the Ferrari F1 Team for the 2011 campaign, as a test and reserve driver.

In 2010, during Ferrari's Christmas dinner with the Italian press earlier this week, the supervisor of the FDA programme Luca Baldisserri emphasized the importance of helping rising stars in racing to achieve their goals in the early stages of their careers.

An important element in the preparation of the Ferrari Driver Academy students has been physical and mental training run by sports trainers, with the support of a psychologist, who through individual sessions with medical personnel, used innovative technology to measure reactivity,” explained Luca Baldisserri.

Working on the simulator was also an indispensable tool for memorising the characteristics of various circuits that the drivers had to tackle during the season, as well as playing a part in teaching the driver to adapt his driving style to suit various track conditions and making the work with the racing engineers and the team technical staff become second nature.”

Additionally, Ferrari has also announced modifications in the FDA lineup for the season to come, confirming that Daniel Zampieri and Mirko Bortolotti are no longer part of the Academy. The Scuderia did not reveal any reasons for the break up, but revealed that a new partnership was signed with Sergio Perez, none other than the 2011 official race driver of Sauber F1 Team.
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