Karting champion will be the youngest ever in the Ferrari academy. 11 year-old Canadian Lance Stroll has proven himself as an exceptionally talented karting driver.

Ferrari likes to sign its driving talent early.

In a deal announced ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix du Canada taking place in Montreal this weekend, Ferrari has signed 11 year-old Canadian karting champion Lance Stroll for its Ferrari Driver Academy program in Maranello, Italy. Stroll is the youngest driver to ever enter the academy.

"We are pleased to welcome Lance to our group. He is very young, but he has already shown in karting that he is exceptionally talented," said Luca Baldisserri, head of the Ferrari Driving Academy.

The Montreal-born Stroll has already several karting championships under his belt, including the Canadian Rotax Mini Max championship, the Rotax Mini Max Florida Winter Tour and other Micro Max victories.

The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team was on hand at an indoor karting race organized by the Ferrari racing team in Montreal, which featured Ferrari driver's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa taking part. Stroll placed second in the friendly kart race between first-place Alonso and with Massa in third.

There is a precedent for Ferrari signing Stroll so young, McLaren also signed Lewis Hamilton at age 11 in a development deal.

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