Young driver Marcos Flack looks to make his mark with the Prancing Horse in tests with the Ferrari Driver Academy

Speedster: Marcos Flack will trial for the Ferrari Driver Academy in Italy later this month.
Speedster: Marcos Flack will trial for the Ferrari Driver Academy in Italy later this month.

A Hills College teen has the chance to follow in the footsteps of Formula One greats like Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda and Fernando Alonso in the team's heartland this month.

Marcos Flack will put his driving skills to the test at Fiorano, Ferrari's exclusive facility, at the team's driving academy.

Flack, 14, is one of just two Asia Pacific and Oceania drivers selected by Ferrari to take part as the iconic team looks to select drivers for the next formula 4 season.

He will compete 14 days' quarantine before the real test begins on October 21.

Flack will undertake three days of mental tests before getting behind the wheel at the circuit in northern Italy.

If he gets selected, he will only be three classes away from Formula One.

Marcos' mother Thuy said he had the work ethic to succeed on the track.

"He's worked pretty hard," she said.

"You have to be quite fit. He has been doing three PT sessions per week before this."

Marcos Flack

Marcos Flack

Flack, who has been diving with the Factory CRG team in Italy, first got behind the wheel aged five.

He would normally be flying backwards and forwards to Europe, but COVID-19 has grounded him.

Flack will do lessons by distance education while away in Italy.

"This year has been good for him at school," Mrs Flack said.

The young star's favourite driver is six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, but his mother said coming up against him would not be a problem.

"I don't think Hamilton will be there when it makes it," she said.

"I will say when, not if."

Fast driving is in Flack's blood. His father Damien and uncle Adrian race in V8 supercar support categories.

Damien was seriously hurt in a horror crash at Mount Panorama in 2015.

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