Michael Lewis

When this year's Formula 1 young driver test kicks off in Abu Dhabi, Alexander Rossi may be the only American there, but he's not the only young Yank with his eyes on grand prix racing. And he's not the only one set for an F1 test, either.

Rossi is joined in his aspirations by fellow Californian driver Michael Lewis, who is scheduled to test for no less prestigious a team than Scuderia Ferrari. The opportunity is Lewis' reward – arranged between Ferrari and the Italian racing body CSAI – for his achievements in the Italian F3 Championship, where he emerged as rookie of the year. He also placed second in the overall standings behind series champion Sergio Campana, who will be driving the 2009-spec Ferrari F60 alongside him at the Vallelunga circuit outside Rome.

Prior to Formula 3, Lewis competed in Formula BMW both on this side of the Atlantic and the other. All the while, he's been working towards a business degree at the Fullerton campus of California State University – a rarity in a demanding field that often precludes aspiring racers from furthering their education. Press release after the jump.
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FERRARI F.1 TO TEST THE WINNERS OF F.3 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Thanks to the prize instituted by C.S.A.I., the National Sporting Authority and Scuderia Ferrari, the Italian Sergio Campana, F.3 Italian Champion and the American Michael Lewis, Rookie Champion, will complete a full day of testing at the wheel of the Ferrari F60 Formula One.

The most exciting moment for the winners of 2011 Formula 3 Italian Championship is now closer.

Tuesday, November 15, in Roman racetrack "Vallelunga - Piero Taruffi", the Modena Sergio Campana, Italian Champion and the American Michael Lewis, Rookie Champion, will sit behind the wheel of the Ferrari F60 Formula One for a full day of testing.

Also this year the Scuderia Ferrari and the C.S.A.I., the sporting arm of the Automobile Club of Italy, assign a special prize to the best of the tricoloured series powered by Fiat Powertrain Racing.

An appointment born in 2008 and renewed for this year when it will again give a fabulous dream experience at the end of a thrilling season, the 46th in the history of F.3 Italian Championship.

"The test by which in cooperation with Scuderia Ferrari we award the best drivers of our F3 championship - Angelo Sticchi Damiani, CSAI President, explains - is a moment of great satisfaction and unfinished pride for the Italian federation. Through the route drawn from Karting to Formula AciCsai Abarth and finally in Formula 3 we have outlined a chain by which a young talent can follow a precise path addressed to professionalism. A path of growth and selection enhanced just by the role that Ferrari, through Ferrari Driver Academy and Ferrari F.1 prize test, held in cooperation with CSAI and that makes our championships an unicum in the entire international scene".

The amazing award, previously assigned to the first three drivers, this year has been reserved for the winner and the best rookie of the Championship. Sergio Campana and Michael Lewis, who, however, has disputed the overall title of the Modena driver until a few laps from the end of the season ended last October 16th at Monza, will alternate throughout the day at the wheel of the Ferrari F60 with technical assistance of the Scuderia.

During the Prize Test, the CSAI will unveil the new Formula Three Italian Championship that from next year will be joined by an international series of eight events, six of which will be valid for the tricoloured series.

| in the picture above: Group photo at the end of 2010 Ferrari F.1 PrizeTest: from the right, Andrea Caldarelli (ITA) Angelo Sticchi Damiani (CSAI President), Stephane Richelmi (MCO), Cesar Ramos (BRA) |