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F1: Top 5 Ferrari Driver Academy Graduates

George Howson
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Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Possibly as a response to the success of Red Bull's Driver Search, Ferrari established their own Driver Academy in 2010.

The Scuderia are known as a team that traditionally only take on proven - and therefore, experience - drivers to pilot their cars, but Charles Leclerc's recent promotion has bucked that trend.

There have been other excellent talents to have come from their academy, including some that will surprise you for their involvement in the Italian team's system.

With Mick Schumacher recently testing the SF-90 in Bahrain, the conveyer belt of talent is showing little sign of slowing down. Here's the five biggest names to have come throught the red ranks since its inception.


#5 Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll is the second youngest F1 driver to claim a podium, behind Max Verstappen
Lance Stroll is the second youngest F1 driver to claim a podium, behind Max Verstappen

While Schumacher Jr. is already looking like a future star of Formula 1, the German youngster hasn't yet made it to the pinnacle of motorsport, unlike Lance Stroll.

Stroll enrolled into the Ferrari academy in 2010, when the Canadian was still in karting. Backed by his father's billions, Stroll quickly climbed through the junior formulae to become a full-time driver at Williams.

His much more experienced teammate, Felipe Massa, outclassed the 18-year-old through most of the season, but Stroll did claim a superb podium in Baku.

Stroll is a controversial driver in F1 to say the least, but the fact remains that he's the second youngest man to stand on an Formula 1 podium.

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His third place at the 2017 Azerbaijan GP was thanks largely to the Canadian steering clear of the chaos that more talented drivers couldn't manage.

Williams were the slowest team on the grid in 2018, but Stroll's move to Racing Point for 2019 has provided him with a chance to fight for points once more, claiming a ninth-placed finish on debut in Australia.

Stroll isn't the best driver on the F1 grid by any stretch (he might well be the slowest), but he's still only 20-years-old, younger than Lewis Hamilton when he made his debut. Time is definately on his side.

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