At only 16, she entered the history of motorsports. The Dutch-Belgian Maya Weug became on January 21, the first young girl to enter the driver training program of the Ferrari Formula 1 team, the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA).
In 2021, Maya Weug, who was born and raised in Spain, will therefore benefit from the resources and lessons of the FDA, which notably brought the Monegasque Charles Leclerc to the premier category, and she will compete in a Formula 4 championship.
The young girl, whose father is passionate about motorsports, started karting at 7 years old, in 2011, on a second-hand kart that she shared with her brother, before starting competition in 2013 in Spain at the regional and then national level. Maya Weug was selected as part ofa detection program for girls aged 12 to 16 conducted with the International Automobile Federation (FIA), whose other three finalists were Brazilians Julia Ayoub, 16, and Antonella Bassani, 14, as well as the French Doriane Pin, 17 years old.
Motorsport is theoretically mixed
This program, renewed this year, began last February with the selection by the FIA of 20 young pilots from all over the world, identified through their national sports authorities. Motorsport is theoretically mixed but women remain under-represented, if not absent, among the competitors, but also team personnel and spectators.
Thus, in 71 editions of the Formula 1 World Championship, only two women have taken the start of a Grand Prix, the last time in 1976.
Several initiatives have been launched recently to remedy this: the program FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars Commission for Women in Motorsport of the FIA and Ferrari, but also the W Series, a single-seater championship reserved for young women the bonuses of which should enable the competitors to finance the rest of their careers in mixed categories.