This year’s FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy meets for its final workshop this week (7-11 July) at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, France, where the focus will be on advanced driving skills.
The workshop offers the drivers the chance to demonstrate their progress and concludes what has been a comprehensive learning experience for the young athletes.
The FIA Institute will be selecting its Academy Driver of the Year at the end of the workshop. It will be awarded to the driver who has consistently performed to the best of their ability throughout the year. That driver will also have to show that they have embraced the concepts of motor sport safety presented to them by the programme.
Throughout the workshop, there will be a requirement for the drivers to identify their own particular driving habits – whether a strength or weaknesses – which will be reviewed in personal one-to-one sessions. This will help the drivers to manage any negative driving habits quickly in order for them to develop to their full potential.
Out on track, the drivers will be given the chance to demonstrate what they have learned from the classroom during several on-track sessions. Many of the activities will be conducted under race conditions to create a realistic environment, which will simulate the pressures they will face in competition.
The education will continue in the classroom as FIA Institute Research Consultant Andy Mellor will give a talk about the various ways drivers can keep themselves safe on and off the track. Another important classroom session will involve a lecture from Frédéric Espinos, FIA Single-Seater Championships Manager, who will speak about the different driver career paths available to the current group of Academy drivers.
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