Driver development program

System designed for young racing drivers to perfect their racing skills

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A driver development program (or driver development team) is a system or structure designed for young kart and race car drivers to learn and perfect their racing skills. These programmes are devised by racing teams, external companies and funded partnerships primarily to attract and develop future racing talent. Most programmes now employ a wide range of skilled coaches and technologies to train all of the physical and psychological abilities inherent in driving at the limit and winning races. Most racing teams will sign a driver to a multi-year contract in which they fund or part fund the driver in junior formulas (such as Formula 3 and Formula 2 in Europe, and Late models and ARCA in stock car racing) and gradually help them succeed to the highest levels of motorsport. Some teams have been criticized for unfair long-term and low-paying contracts for the talented drivers they find whilst also charging the less talented drivers very high fees for the use of their simulations and facilities. Companies that specialise in racing driver training or development programmes remain commercially viable through selling time in their simulators or gyms and generally speaking do not fund a drivers career. Funded partnerships, good driver management companies and driver search and development initiatives will fund or part fund a drivers development and will survive as long as the owners financial commitment and or success at recouping their investment. Be that a return from a talented drivers wages or a promotional exercise designed by a brand or corporation.

The following is a list of teams that currently have a driver development programs or are driver development teams.

Open wheel racing[edit]

Formula One[edit]

Driver Program Formula One Team
Alpine Academy Alpine
AMF1 Driver Development Programme Aston Martin
Ferrari Driver Academy Scuderia Ferrari
Haas Driver Development Program Haas
McLaren Driver Development Programme McLaren
Mercedes Junior Team Mercedes
Red Bull Junior Team Red Bull Racing and RB Formula One Team
Sauber Academy Sauber
Williams Driver Academy Williams

IndyCar[edit]

Super Formula[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

All of these teams have their own developmental driver programs and/or field cars/trucks on their team for developmental drivers.

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