Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is delighted with the arrival of Maya Weug.

The sixteen-year-old Dutch was registered as the first female driver on Friday by the talent program of the Italian Formula 1 racing team.

"This is a key moment in the history of Scuderia Ferrari and its talent program," Binotto said on his team's website.

"Maya's arrival is proof that we are on the right track to make motorsport more inclusive."

Born in Spain and raised with a Belgian mother and a Dutch father, Weug was the best in the so-called 'FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars' competition.

With the support of Ferrari, she will be active this year in a Formula 4 championship of the motorsport association FIA.

"That racing class is seen as the first step on the road to Formula 1," Binotto said of Formula 4. "Capturing Maya is a great start to the year for our talent program, which has proven itself several times over the years. . "

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In 2018, NU.nl was present at one of the first talent days, where we spoke with Weug about its ambitions.

Weug follows in Leclerc and Schumacher's footsteps

With her arrival on the talent program, Weug is following in the footsteps of current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, who will make his debut with Haas F1 next season.

In total, Ferrari, where this year in addition to Leclerc also Carlos Sainz will be active, has had nineteen talents under contract.

Five of them eventually managed to reach the top class of motorsport.

The new Formula 1 season should have started on March 21 in Melbourne, Australia, but due to strict corona measures, that Grand Prix has been postponed.

The first race of the year is now scheduled for March 28 in Bahrain.

See also: View the revised 2021 Formula 1 calendar