The Ferrari Driver Academy has been on a signing spree at the end of the 2017 season, and it has raised a few eyebrows.

Firstly it took on Callum Ilott, just days after the end of a European Formula 3 season in which he won six times, but where constant inconsistency meant he was never really a strong factor in the title battle as had been expected in his third season.

Then it announced the recruitment of Robert Shwartzman, a few days before the Formula Renault Eurocup title decider at Barcelona, which the Russian would go into already out of mathematical contention off the back of three erratic weekends, before which he had been the points leader.