F1 » 'Concerned' Brundle: Young driver escalator is blocked at the top


BBC commentator Martin Brundle - a man with 158 grand prix starts to his name - contends that he is not sure if he would ever have made it to F1 had he been trying to break into the big-time in 2011

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Si - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 5:18 PM

Yep i have to agree , Its now very much as if every race is a sort of three tier event , Older drivers , Younger ones that have come up through the system and the rest that have ( sponsor ) paid drives . .

JPS - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 5:38 PM

It was ironic that Brundle's appearance on the stage preceeded that of the 2010 McLaren Autosport BRDC young driver of the year finalists Luciano Bacheta, Tom Blomqvist, Jack Harvey, Scott Malvern, Nigel Moore and Lewis Williamson.

These are six very talented young men that should be assisted in the same way that potential Olympic athletes are. Of the six only one Jack Harvey is backed by the privately funded Racing Steps Foundation.

Williamson who won the competition has £100k to take to a GP3 team but will have to fund the rest of the very considerable budget himself.

Malvern a very talented dedicated, hard working young man sadly told me that he had nothing in place at all for this year and it was a real struggle for him to finish last season. It would be a tragedy if he like many other talented and dedicated young drivers were lost to the sport because of funding while other far less talented get all the way to F1 because daddy can sign the cheques! What sort of motorsport fut

andrew.

January 25, 2011 6:03 PM

I think there should be forced retirement in F1 at say 35 or 36, depending on a drivers success.

That way, an old has been never was like Barrichello wouldn't be clogging up a seat that could be given to a younger better driver but successful racers who have won championships are allowed to stay longer so we can see how they compare to the young blood.

andrew.

January 25, 2011 6:43 PM

Trulli is past his use by date but Schumacher is a very successful driver with the potential to win again (if Merc don't mess up this year). This is the whole idea of my scheme. It'll pitch the younger drivers against the old gaurd but whilst getting rid of the detritus that never achieve anything. Old champins v young champions.

Mr B - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 6:59 PM

The problem is drivers like hamilton, vettel and alonso being so successful at such a young age. This means that they tie up a seat at one of the big teams for the forseeable future. As far as we know vettel will have a career as long as schumacher thereby blocking any new talent from a top drive. Superior talent may emerge, but then it won't have his expirence. These days i think you need to do a hamilton and get picked up by a big team at a young age and get tied into a long contract. But then that didn't work out so well for button.

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 7:11 PM

Why don't we just arrange for a sniper to shoot the last one over the line at the end of lap 1 - that should give them all a kick up the **** and free up a space for new drivers at each GP!!

50 Cent - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 7:34 PM

Nah, leave it the way it is. The system is not perfect, but eventually the more talented drivers will surface up. Maldonado and the rest will go by the way side sooner or later. We've seen it before with some of the Japanese drivers which were forced through Honda connection. The pay driver system will not be sustainable in the long term since to be successful you need to win and you can't win with inferior drivers.

ooooooo crab paste - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 8:44 PM

Trade: Heikki for Kimi
Trulli for Riccardo
Glock for Montoya
Lewis for Captain slow

The lineup would be stronger after this change and hopefully no more flash in the pans in the sport who think they are anything close to Vettel's skill.

ALL HAIL KING VETTEL!!!!!!!

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