Development Driver

Development Driver :

Development drivers, academy drivers or junior drivers are signed to a team as part of the team’s programme to identify and nurture future drivers. This will often include significant financial support as well as immersion within all aspects of the team.

Academy drivers are often picked up in carting and supported through the junior formulas, with a select few obtaining a coveted F1 seat. Like all drivers, the academy drivers are contracted and have obligations back to the team. This may take the form of media duties, sim driving or filling a practice session requirement.

The following F1 teams currently run an academy programme. 

Alpine AcademyAlpine F1 Team Driver Programme
Ferrari Driver AcademyScuderia Ferrari Driver Programme
Mercedes Junior TeamMercedes AMG Petronas Driver Programme
McLaren Young Driver ProgrammeMcLaren F1 team Driver Programme
Red Bull Junior TeamRed Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri Driver Programme
Sauber Junior TeamAlfa Romeo Racing Driver Programme
Williams Driver AcademyWilliams F1 team Driver Programme

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan