Editors Note: Below is an excerpt from a story originally appearing in the Montreal Gazette. Full story
He may be only 15, but Gianfranco Mazzaferro is already a standout driver in Canadian karting, a three-time winner of the Canadian Championship who has been racing for seven years. And he doesn’t even have a Quebec driver’s licence yet.
With his success in karting, the West Island native has bigger goals in mind. His ultimate goal is to reach the pinnacle of the sport by earning a coveted — and hard to come by — seat in a Formula One car.
Mazzaferro got a chance to get up close to an F1 car Friday during the first day of practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
He was also able to meet Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniil Kvyat between practice sessions thanks to Infiniti Canada, which hosted Mazzaferro at the track.
While not his first time at the Canadian Grand Prix, the experience left an impression on Mazzaferro, who lives in Dollard des Ormeaux.