Ferrari eyes DTM for protege Raffaele Marciello in 2014

Ferrari's top young protege Raffaele Marciello could compete in the DTM next season

Ferrari eyes DTM for protege Raffaele Marciello in 2014

Ex-Ferrari Formula 1 chief engineer Luca Baldisserri, who is the boss of the Ferrari Driver Academy that mentors Marciello's career, told AUTOSPORT that the 18-year-old would combine any DTM campaign with a step up the single-seater ladder.

Marciello is in the midst of a fight for the Formula 3 European Championship title, and leads main rival Felix Rosenqvist by 9.5 points with six races remaining.

Regarding the FDA's plans for Marciello for 2014, Baldisserri said: "I think there are three options.

"One is GP2, because it's the same tracks as Formula 1 and the same tyres, so he can get used to the Pirelli behaviour.

"Then there is the World Series by Renault, which is a very good package, a lot of downforce, really good tyres with a lot of grip in the corners and a good championship.

"And then I think there's DTM as well. In terms of professional qualities of the teams, it's the closest to Formula 1. And for a young driver, having the possibility to have some rhythm with a really organised and professional team is important.

"A programme in DTM would be a shame for a driver like 'Lello' on its own, but not if it's coupled with another championship."

Baldisserri added that the choice of manufacturer is not important, although Marciello's Prema Powerteam-run F3 car is powered by Mercedes engines.

"For us it's not a big deal," he said. "We are focusing on the driver."

Coming up on Thursday: an exclusive AUTOSPORT feature on Ferrari's masterplan for Marciello.

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