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Ferrari sign Canadian karter to driver academy 09 Jun 2010

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Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Valencia, Spain, Wednesday 3 February 2010. Jules Bianchi (FRA) Ferrari F60 Formula One Young Driver Testing, 1-3 December 2009, Jerez Circuit, Spain.

Ferrari have selected 11-year old Canadian karter Lance Stroll to join their driver academy. The programme, which was set up at the end of 2009, was devised by the Italian team to find and support talented young drivers from around the world, with the eventual aim of helping them into Formula One racing.

Montreal-born Stroll has already clinched two wins in the Canadian national championship in the Rotax Mini Max category, as well as winning the Coupe de Montreal and Coupe du Quebec Micro Max championships in 2008 and both Mini Max championships in 2009.

“We are pleased to welcome Lance to our group,” said Luca Baldisserri, who runs the Ferrari Driving Academy. “He is very young, but he has already shown in karting that he is exceptionally talented. We will follow him step by step in his forthcoming events in North America and he will soon also take part in our courses at Maranello.”

Last year, Stroll finished sixth in the world finals at Lonato in the Mini Roc category and second in the Rotax Micro Max Florida winter tour, a series he won this year in Mini Max along with the championships for the Tag/Cadet Florida Winter Tour. In 2008 he was nominated by the Federation Sport Automobile du Quebec as rookie of the year and in 2009 was nominated as a driver of the year.

Others in Ferrari’s stable of young drivers include Brandon Maisano, Raffaele Marciello, Jules Bianchi, Daniel Zampieri and Mirko Bortolotti.