FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy

The FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy is a programme founded by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability to develop young driver talent worldwide.

In its first year (2011) the Institute selected 12 drivers to take part in the programme.[1] 19 drivers were shortlisted for a three-day selection event, which took place on 6–8 February 2011 in Melk, Austria.

For 2012, the FIA shortlisted 30 young drivers, of whom 18 have been selected for the second year of the programme.[2][3]

In 2013, selection events were held across five continents with the winners from each event joining five chosen wildcards to form a ten driver academy.

The participants are being trained by professional racing and rally drivers Alexander Wurz and Robert Reid, with workshops taking place throughout the year.[4]



Driver 2011 Series
Netherlands Kevin Abbring Selected rallies
France Paul-Loup Chatin Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Spain Albert Costa Formula Renault 3.5 series
Israel Alon Day German Formula Three Championship
Austria Philipp Eng ADAC GT Masters
Netherlands Robin Frijns Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Sweden Timmy Hansen Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Estonia Egon Kaur WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Intercontinental Rally Challenge
United States Alexander Rossi Formula Renault 3.5 series
New Zealand Richie Stanaway German Formula Three Championship
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0


Driver 2012 Series
United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al Mutawaa
Austria Klaus Bachler Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
South Africa Andrea Bate
Republic of Ireland Craig Breen Super 2000 World Rally Championship
Italy Andrea Caldarelli Super GT
Colombia Gabby Chaves Indy Lights
Lithuania Jonas Gelžinis Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
Denmark Michael Klitgaard Christensen Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
Australia Jack Le Brocq Australian Formula Ford Championship
United States Michael Lewis Formula 3 Euro Series
United Kingdom Alex Lynn British Formula 3
Costa Rica José Andrès Montalto
Spain Ramón Piñeiro
Australia Brendan Reeves WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
Sweden Pontus Tidemand WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
Netherlands Timo van der Marel WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
Germany Sepp Wiegand Intercontinental Rally Challenge
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson GP3 Series


Driver 2013 Series
Switzerland Yannick Amberg-Mettler German Formula Three Championship
Italy Fabio Andolfi Italian Rally Championship
Austria Lucas Auer FIA European Formula 3 Championship
Romania Raul Badiu Dacia Logan Cup
Croatia Nikola Belohradski Eurocup Clio
Belgium Kevin Demaerschalk French Rally Championship
United Kingdom Jake Dennis Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Denmark Michelle Gatting Braendstrup VW Scirocco R-Cup
Lithuania Ignas Gelzinis Renault Clio Cup GB
Czech Republic Patrik Hajek CIK-FIA European Championship
Slovakia Matej Homola FIA European Touring Car Cup
France Anthoine Hubert French Formule 4 Championship
Sweden Erik Johansson Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic Championship
Hungary Benedek Major FIA European Truck Racing Championship
Malta Jacques Mizzi Renault Clio Cup GB
Poland Bartlomej Mirecki Polish Championship Kia Picanto
Serbia Nikola Milijkovic CEZ Championship
Israel Roy Nissany FIA European Formula 3 Championship
Norway Dennis Olsen Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Republic of Ireland Kevin O'Hara Irish Formula Ford Championship
Slovenia Klemen Popit Slovenian National Championship LEMA-GP
South Africa Daniel Popov Bulgarian Rally Championship
Spain Alex Riberas Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
Estonia Rasmus Uustulnd Estonian Rally Cup
Netherlands Dennis van de Laar FIA European Formula 3 Championship


Driver 2014 Series
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bamogaddam
Mexico Jorge Cevallos Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Venezuela Diego Ferreira LATAM Challenge Series
Denmark Michelle Gatting Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
Lithuania Ignas Gelzinis Volkswagen Castrol Cup
Costa Rica Mauricio Hernandez
Sweden Erik Johansson
South Africa Henk Lategan European Rally Championship
India Akhil Rabindra Formula Masters China
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde ADAC GT Masters


Driver[5] 2015 Series
Australia Anton de Pasquale Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi FIA European Formula 3
Australia Macauley Jones Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
United Kingdom Jordan King GP2 Series
United States Kenton Koch Cooper Tires Prototype Lites
France Stéphane Lefebvre European Rally Championship
Kuwait Ali Makhseed Drifting Championships
United Kingdom Seb Morris GP3 Series
Slovenia Tim Novak
South Africa Jordan Pepper ADAC GT Masters
Cyprus Panikos Polykarpou
Australia Aidan Wright Italian GT Championship


  1. Autosport. 2011-02-08 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "FIA Institute selects 30 young drivers for academy shootout". Formula One Administration. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  3. "Drivers Chosen for 2012 FIA Institute Academy". FIA Institute. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  5. "Academy Drivers Chosen". FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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