The wait is finally over for two girls as Ferrari have announced who will be joining their Drivers Academy.
The winner of the third edition is Belgian Aurelia Nobels who came out on top of a search that involved 146 national motoring organisations.
Aurelia Nobels, the new Ferrari Driver Academy driver said: “I have no words to describe what I am feeling right now.
“I am very grateful to the FIA, the Ferrari Driver Academy and the Iron Dames for this amazing opportunity.
“I have definitely learnt a lot and I can’t wait to start the new season.”
After a busy season where Nobels had raced in both the Danish and Spanish Formula 4 championships, as well as producing some outstanding drives on several occasions in the Brazilian series.
As a Ferrari Driver Academy student, next season she will tackle the most competitive F4 series, the Italian championship, which generally features a field of up to forty cars.
The FIA Girls on Track – Rising stars programme, is run by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission in conjunction with the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Its aim is to promote women in motorsport and to support the most promising youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16.
Aurelia Nobels was one of 16 young girls who were chosen for the first track test at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France.
The four outstanding candidates proved to be Australia’s Alice Buckley, the British pair, Chloe Chong and Chloe Grant and Nobels and they went on to the final phase of the programme in Maranello in early November.
At Scuderia Ferrari’s headquarters and historic Fiorano track, the four candidates tackled a series of tests.
They also replicated an entire race weekend programme, with free practice, qualifying and a race at the wheel of a Formula 4 car fitted with the same Pirelli tyres as used in the Italian championship.
Not only was there the There is also a Junior category to the Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme for girls born between 2008 and 2012.
The winner getting the support of the Ferrari Driver Academy next season, racing in karts with long-time FDA partner Tony Kart.
Coming out on top in this section was Romania’s Zoe Florescu Potolea who beat off opposition from France’s Lisa Billard, Japan’s Sara Matsui and, from Germany, Mathilda Paatz.
These budding racers were also hosted in Maranello before having a seat fitting at the Tony Kart headquarters, prior to two days on track at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Lombardy.
For the three Seniors and three Juniors who were not selected, the Ferrari experience does not end here.
At some point next year the six youngsters will come back to Maranello.