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Armstrong out as Ferrari confirms nine Driver Academy members for 2022 | RaceFans Round-up

Armstrong out as Ferrari confirms nine Driver Academy members for 2022 | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Changes in the Ferrari Driver Academy leave it with no juniors racing in Formula 2 this year.

In brief

Ferrari confirm nine juniors for 2022

Ferrari has announced the nine members of its Driver Academy for 2022 after several of its top names have moved on from the programme.

The most senior members of the programme are Haas racer Mick Schumacher, who will be Ferrari’s reserve driver at selected rounds this year, and Robert Shwartzman, who will not return to F2 as he takes on a testing role with Ferrari. F2 racer Marcus Armstrong will not continue with the FDA while Callum Ilott, who has moved to IndyCar this year, is described as being on a “gap year” by the team. Having fielded five drivers in F2 just two years ago, Ferrari will have none this year.

A pair of FDA drivers will race in F3, however. Arthur Leclerc returns for a second season having won twice last year. He will drive for Prema alongside recent FDA recruit Ollie Barman.

Marcus Armstrong, Ferrari, Fiorano, 2021
Armstrong tested one of Ferrari’s F1 cars last year

Formula Regional Europe driver Dino Beganovic, Formula 4 racers Maya Weug, James Wharton and Rafael Camara and karter Laura Camps Torras complete the nine-strong FDA squad for the upcoming season.

Indy Lights announces 14-race calendar

IndyCar’s leading feeder series will cut the number of races on its calendar from 20 to 14 next year. The Indy Lights championship will begin with a single race in St Petersburg on February 27th, then visit Barber Motorsports Park, Indianapolis Motorsport Speedway grand prix circuit (two races), Detroit (two races), Road America, Mid-Ohio, Iowa, Nashville, Gateway, Portland and conclude with a double-header at Laguna Seca in September.

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January 12, 2022 at 01:03AM

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