In a groundbreaking announcement, PREMA Racing has officially welcomed Maya Weug, a shining star from the Ferrari Driver Academy, as their third driver for the upcoming 2024 F1 Academy season. This significant step for Weug marks a new chapter in her already impressive career, further solidifying PREMA Racing's status as the reigning Drivers’ and Teams’ Champions.
Born in Spain, the 19-year-old phenom Weug possesses a unique blend of Belgian and Dutch heritage. Her journey in motorsport began at the tender age of seven in the world of karting. Weug quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with, clinching the Vice Champion title in the Spanish Championship by 2015. Her relentless pursuit of excellence led her to the European Karting Championships just two years later.
Weug's career trajectory took a historic turn when she emerged as the inaugural winner of the FIA Girls on Track Rising Stars programme. In doing so, she broke barriers as the first female driver to join the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy in 2021. That same year marked her debut in single-seater racing, competing in both the Italian and German F4 championships, where she demonstrated her skill by scoring points and achieving a best result of sixth.
PREMA Racing, known for their keen eye for talent, has always held Weug in high regard, impressed by her potential and achievements. The 2023 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine saw Weug claim a rookie victory and multiple top 10 finishes, further proving her mettle.
Expressing her excitement about the new season, Maya Weug said, “I’m super excited to get back on track this season! Working together with such a prestigious team as PREMA in the second year of an interesting category like F1 Academy is a great honor. I can’t wait to continue the hard work with the Academy and PREMA to prepare the season the best way possible!”
PREMA Racing Team Principal René Rosin shared his enthusiasm, stating, “We deeply respected Maya as a competitor, and we were always impressed by her potential and achievements. We are really delighted to finally get her on board for the second season of F1 Academy. Our lineup is really promising, with three outstanding racers and the support of three great Formula 1 teams. We are proud of the trust we received and cannot wait for the season to start."
As the F1 Academy season approaches, all eyes are on Maya Weug and PREMA Racing. Weug's journey from karting prodigy to a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and now a key player at PREMA Racing, demonstrates her unwavering commitment and talent. The motorsport community eagerly awaits the thrilling performances that Weug and PREMA Racing are poised to deliver in the 2024 F1 Academy season.