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Leclerc set to leave Ferrari Academy

There will be a number of changes to the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2024, with Jock Clear being named as the new head.

Arthur Leclerc
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Arthur Leclerc will leave the Ferrari Driver Academy as part of several changes announced to the development programme for 2024.

The brother of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc will leave the academy for next season, but will "remain part of the Ferrari family."

Leclerc became a Ferrari junior in 2020 and has since been the Formula Regional European Championship runner-up, FRegional Asia champion, a FIA Formula 3 race winner, and most recently he is a Formula 2 podium-finisher.

Also departing the academy will be James Wharton, who was the winner of the first Ferrari Driver Academy Scouting World Final in 2020. In 2023 he won the F4 UAE title and came fourth in Italian Formula 4.

Those who will remain in the academy includes Aurelia Nobels and Maya Weug, with both set to race in the F1 Academy series in 2024.

Jock Clear becomes head of Ferrari Driver Academy

Marco Matassa will be leaving his role as head of Ferrari Driver Academy which he has held since 2018, and will be replaced by Jock Clear.

Clear has worked as Ferrari Driver Coach having joined Ferrari in 2015, and been working in F1 since 1989 when he joined Benetton. He later went on to engineer Jaques Villeneuve at Williams and Rubens Barrichello at Brawn GP.

He was also the performance engineer to Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher while at Mercedes, before making a switch to Ferrari.

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