F1 » Andretti calls for third cars, guest drivers

F1 legend Mario Andretti believes that more effort should be made to get young drivers on track and engage with the fans at grands prix.

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Josh - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 12:52 PM

No thanks. I don't want a return to the days of having 1/4 of a field comprised of stand-ins and guest drivers who are ludicrously slow and get in the way of everyone else.


November 14, 2012 1:09 PM

basically it is a good idea. however, even if points were not to be given to the third car/guest driver, there is no guarantee that the cars would not be used to influence the race, by blocking etc.

would it not be better to have a feeder race, utilising 1 (or 2) year old f1 cars, and run on the same day as the gp, thus giving the newbies a chance to prove themselves in front of the regular f1 teams? they could have their own championship. and maybe a new constructor would be allowed to field a car as well, giving them some experience and a yardstick?

tm - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 1:20 PM

I don't think it is a bad idea to have wildcard drives with an extra car from the top teams. Not to give it to anybody, but the best driver from a country to could earn a wildcard entry with one of the top teams based on his performance in his series.


November 14, 2012 1:30 PM

In essence, GREAT IDEA! They do it in MotoGP and WSBK and occasionally they surprise and cause a lot of excitement (Hopper - Silverstone 2011).

BUT, the problem comes in that an F1 car is a VERY DIFFERENT BEAST to almost ANYTHING these guys would drive in a local series (Unless they DO get a decent F1 support/junior class in the States - USF3???)

Second problem, an F1 car costs WAAAAAYYYY more than any MotoGP bike. and they are at much higher speed almost everywhere on a circuit.

That all said though, I like the idea of a feeder series in the states, maybe it could even entise Ford / Dodge / Chevy to try get an F1 team in development.


November 14, 2012 1:33 PM


He raises a legitimate concern though. There are a lot of good drivers in F1 (And a few cr@p ones), but a LOT of young hot talent coming up. Not enough race seats. I think Mclaren / Red Bull / Lotus / Mercedes / Sauber running a third car for their test drivers at eg. their home round could be very exciting!!! They know the cars, so no worries of them having to learn a car for a single round. Also a more viable way of seeing who could work in F1 and who not...


November 14, 2012 1:44 PM

Last comment I promise.

Drivers like Kimi, JPM, Andretti, etc. have shown that if you have the talent to drive you can be taught to drive almost anything. I am NOT a NASCAR fan, but Kimi himself has said it's harder than it looks. Maybe a few NASCAR / INDY drivers (Keselowski?) can get into the feeder class if it happens, learn a little and surprise some people? You never know.

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