Ferrari has just signed its youngest driver ever--an 11-year old karting protégé Laurence Stroll from Canada.
Stroll will join a growing roster of older drivers as well as experienced European formula series champions in the Ferrari Driving Academy.
Stroll's extensive career in karting includes two wins at the Canadian national championship in the Rotax Mini Max category as well as the Coupe de Montreal and Coupe du Quebec Micro Max Championships in 2008 and both Mini Max Championships in 2009. He was also nominated by the Fedération Sport Automobile du Quebec in 2008 as Rookie of the Year and as Driver of the Year in 2009.
"We are pleased to welcome Lance to our group," said Luca Baldisserri, director of 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."
The Ferrari Driving Academy was launched last December 2008 with the goal to find young "diamonds-in-the-rough" drivers and train them in the art of race car driving with the oldest, most-decorated team in Formula One.
So, what were you doing when you were 11?
Eleven-year old Laurence Stroll with Ferrari's F1 drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.