Leclerc, Alesi join Ferrari Driver Academy for 2016

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Charles Leclerc and Giuliano Alesi have joined the Ferrari Driver Academy ahead of the 2016 racing season.

Leclerc, 18, was announced earlier this week as having joined ART Grand Prix for GP3 this season following a strong debut campaign in FIA F3 last year.

The Monegasque racer will combine these commitments with working as a development driver at Ferrari, having joined the Italian marque’s revamped driver academy for 2016.

As part of this role, Leclerc will also work with the new Haas F1 Team, set up by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas, as it shares a back-up driver with technical partner Ferrari.

Alesi is the son of former Ferrari F1 driver Jean, and finished fourth in last year’s French Formula 4 championship. He too will race in GP3 this year with Trident.

Leclerc and Alesi will join Antonio Fuoco and Guan Yu Zhou, who both were a part of the FDA in 2015. Fuoco is set for a second season in GP3, while Zhou will move up to FIA F3 for this year.