Nicolas Costa Joins the Ferrari Driver Academy

Nicolas Costa is the latest addition to the Ferrari Driver Academy after clinching the Formula Future Fiat championship during the course of last weekend. Having secured his maiden title in the aforementioned competition, Costa will join names like Jules Bianchi, Sergio Perez, Daniel Zampieri, Mirko Bortolotti, Brandon Maisano, Raffaele Marciello and Lance Stroll in Ferrari's young driver development programme.

All drivers would love to drive a Ferrari and I still cannot believe what has happened,” said Costa, according to a press release posted on Ferrari's official website.

Being able to count on the backing of such a professional team is a dream come true,” added the newly-crowned champion of the Formula Future Fiat series, a championship backed by the very Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Felipe Massa.

Costa clinched the title in the last racing weekend of the 2010 series, held at the Santa Cruz do Sol international circuit in Brazil. The event was part of the Racing Festival, which also included the Trofeo Linea and the 600 Supersport motorcycle race, during which Costa scored a 4th and a 6th place finish to end the season only one point clear of countryman Francisco Alfaya.

While the 19-year old driver from Rio de Janeiro will become part of Ferrari's young drivers' scheme next season, the Scuderia is yet to announce its future plans with him. The most likely trajectory for a driver who signs with Ferrari would go through Europe, where Costa would have to compete in a highly competitive national or international formula. However, such an announcement is yet to be made by the Maranello company.

Most recently, the first member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Frenchman Jules Bianchi, was confirmed official reserve driver for the Scuderia's F1 Team. In parallel, he will continue to race in the GP2 Series.
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